Acupuncture is a 5000 year old Eastern medical system of healing. In the West, we understand the system to be closely related to the nervous and endocrine systems. It uses the body’s resources to stimulate healing. It does this by activating the body’s vital life force, Qi, through manipulation of a selection of acupuncture points that are located along pathways (meridians or channels and in association with particular organs) where Qi can be accessed. These meridians are like a holographic extension of the nervous system.
In other words, it’s like a train (qi) traveling on tracks (meridians) and making stops at several stations (acupoints). When external or internal factors impair balance in the body, that train stops and everything before the stop doesn’t receive nourishment (deficiency) while everything behind it gets back up, or rather, pools in stagnation (excess). By directing Qi with acupuncture to areas where it is lacking and away from areas of excess, the body’s systems can be restored to function properly; resulting in a balanced and harmonious environment that will ultimately prevent imbalances or illnesses to occur.
I have a gentle touch and needling style and I customize pressure and stimulation according to your preferences. I use stainless steel needles that are sanitary and disposed in medical-grade sharps containers.
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Cupping: Before and After
Prior to your cupping session, it is beneficial to drink lots of room temperature water, get plenty of rest, avoid caffeine, alcohol, sugary foods and drinks, and eat less or no processed foods, dairy, and meat a few days prior to session. This will assist the body in adjusting, flushing, and processing the treatment.
After your cupping session you should avoid exposure to cold, wet, and/or windy weather conditions, hot showers, baths, saunas, hot tubs and aggressive exercise for 24 hours. These recommendations will minimize any side effects (nausea, headaches, and lightheadedness) that are common during detoxification initiated by cupping therapy. Please remember that side effects are most intense when beginning to receive cupping treatments, and lessen dramatically as your body becomes accustomed to cummulative treatments.
Cupping will leave marks, or skin discolorations, called petechia. It is important to note that this is the therapeutically desired effect. These marks do not hurt and are not bruises. These marks indicate that toxins or excess fluids in our system have been moved from the deeper tissue layers to the surface. This allows fresh oxygenated blood to nourish and heal the underlying areas. The color and pattern of the marks depends on the overall health of the underlying tissue. If there is no stagnation present, the color will be only a light pink mark which disappears in a few minutes to a couple of hours. In areas with injury or disease, the color will vary from bright red to speckled or even purple. Marks can last anywhere from three days to a week, depending on your water intake and activity level. Sites where there is old trauma or injury may require multiple cupping treatments to remove all stagnation. You will find in follow up treatments the marks will be visibly lighter and lighter as the pathogens are systemically removed from the body.