Involves the insertion of fine needles into the skin at specific points along meridians/channels in the body to activate the body’s own healing mechanisms by accessing qi/prana/lifeforce. In Chinese medicine, the body will experience dis-ease when the flow of qi is interrupted, so the task of the acupuncturist is to restore its smooth flow and bring balance (homeostasis).
Involves using a massage tool (originally from the crystal, Jade) to lightly scrape the skin to dispel blood stasis and increase blood circulation to the area identified in diagnosis. Massage oil is applied to the skin and the Gua Sha tool is scraped gently along the skin to encourage circulation of the soft tissue. Gua Sha can be used in conjunction with both acupuncture and cupping and is a beautiful and nourishing treatment.
Involves the burning of the herb, Mugwort at certain points along the channel/meridians in order to bring heat/warmth to the affected area. Moxa can be used in a number of ways including on the needle, direct on the skin or by using a moxa stick depending on the desired effect/outcome. This is one of the earliest forms of acupuncture treatment derived from the Wu (female) Shamans of China.
As a naturopath, I use a variety of natural therapeutic tools and practices which can include the use of nutrition, herbs, Bach flower essences, homeopathy, tissue salts and hydrotherapy in order to treat the whole person. Naturopathic advice is given as a bespoke part of your acupuncture treatment with me and is designed to empower you in your own healing process and journey.
Often described as a reverse massage, cupping involves placing suction cups on the skin at certain points in the body. The aim is to move qi and blood in the body and disperse stagnation, thus eliminating pain. Cupping can be used in conjunction with acupuncture or as a stand alone treatment and can be used in a number of ways, including static cupping or sliding cupping using massage and essential oils.
Shamanic Womb Work & Red Tents
I am currently developing my skills in womb shamanism and have recently completed womb awakening facilitator training with the Institute of Feminine Arts. I aim to incorporate Mayan womb massage, Tibetan womb pulsing, dragon shakti breath work, saki and Red tent practices. Coming soon…….