Acupuncture, a modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine, involves the insertion of sterile needs at specific points on the body to restore the flow of Qi (energy) within the body. Acupuncture promotes wellness and restores balance, function and is helpful in the treatment of many physical and emotional conditions. The initial visit for general acupuncture begins with an in-depth health evaluation, including tongue and pulse diagnosis. Sixty minute acupuncture sessions can include cupping and Gua sha services as deemed necessary by provider and requested by the client.
Esoteric Acupuncture is higher frequency healing which integrates the Hindu chakra system, sacred geometry, and acupuncture.
This type of acupuncture is used to assist the client in strengthening their connection to their higher self, expanding consciousness, and promoting wellness. Esoteric acupuncture balances the flow of energy within the physical, energetic and emotional bodies. You will experience an elevated state of spiritual awareness while feeling deeply relaxed. Esoteric Acupuncture is a full body, front and back treatment.
Cosmetic acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years. Extremely fine facial acupuncture needles are placed in specific points on the face to lift and tone facial muscles, promote blood flow, and stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin. Once needling is complete, you will receive a relaxing facial cupping and gua sha session. Facial cupping increases circulation, promotes lymph drainage and tones facial muscles. Cosmetic acupuncture is not a facelift – it is an enhancement and rejuvenation. This treatment will soften fine lines, reduce acne scars, and even skin tone. Rose quartz and jade facial gua sha tools are used to further stimulate acupuncture points and facial muscles.
Gua sha is applied to shoulders and scalp for deeper release and relaxation. It takes 21 days to grow collagen, and because of this, cosmetic acupuncture treatments should be looked at as a series of treatments and generally requires up to 6-12 weeks of regular treatments. After an initial treatment phase, bi-weekly or monthly treatments are recommended. Cosmetic acupuncture also includes a full body acupuncture treatment to treat constitution.
Detox/Auricular acupuncture uses the NADA ear acupuncture protocol for recovery and detoxification.
NADA protocol is the standard auricular treatment used in detox treatment centers and behavioral health centers. It is commonly used for treating addiction and trauma with patients reporting a reduction of cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Detox/Auricular acupuncture relieves stress caused by traumatic events, supports healthy sleep and increases calmness. A 30 min session includes NADA protocol and up to 3 additional auricular points of supporting treatment.
Body Cupping/Gua sha
This is a 30 minute session which includes body cupping and gua sha treatment. Common areas to treat are the back, legs, arms and shoulders. Cupping is the opposite of massage, rather than applying pressure to the muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. The negative pressure provided by cupping increases blood flow, loosens muscles, and sedates the nervous system.
Cupping is commonly used to relieve back and neck pain, anxiety, fatigue and even cellulite. Gua sha (commonly known as scraping therapy) is a modality of Chinese medicine that aims to move Qi (energy) around the body. It utilizes a stone tool that is rubbed against the skin, with pressure to create Sha (redness). Gua sha is effective in breaking down scar tissue, stimulating connective tissue, and improving movement in the joints. It is possible/likely that cupping and gua sha will leave redness and/or bruising that will resolve within a few days or up to a week.
This is a 30 minute treatment that includes facial cupping, gua sha and jade rolling. Facial cupping increases circulation, promotes lymph drainage and tones facial muscles. Facial rejuvenation is not a facelift – it is an enhancement and softens fine lines, reduces acne scars, evens skin tone. Rose quartz and jade facial gua sha tools are used to further stimulate acupuncture points and facial muscles. Gua sha is also applied to shoulders and scalp for deeper release and relaxation. Acupuncture is not included in this treatment
Hot Stones Massage
Relax and unwind while your body and muscles let go of tension and stress accumulated throughout the week. Good for people who prefer a more relaxing method of massage while maintaining the benefits of a deeper approach. Good for arthritis, stress, and for general relaxation. This method is combined with traditional Swedish message techniques, and light stretching.
Great for athletes and weekend warriors. Targeting overused and stressed muscle tissue to alleviate muscle pain, and increase range of motion. Includes trigger point deactivation and PNF stretching (a more advanced form of flexibility training that increases flexibility and improves muscular strength). Each massage is geared toward each individual needs and issues.
Detoxing Face Massage
Anti-Aging Face lifting massage. Unique massage techniques coupled with a medicinal Clay that helps to detoxify and stimulate the face muscles, bringing oxygen, and increasing collagen production to the face. The oils used during the massage are sourced locally and therefore are more attuned to one’s natural environment. You’ll see results immediately even after on treatment!
Moisturizing Face Massage
Anti-Aging Face lifting massage. Using honey, oil, and specific massage techniques to fade fine lines, tighten skin, and leave your face with a radiant glow! You’ll see results immediately even after one treatment!
Body Work Massage
Swedish techniques combined with reflexology to give an overall feeling of well-being.
Reflexology is believed to stimulate the body into healing itself through improving circulation, thus restoring it’s natural balance, and Swedish massage, a well-known type of body work with light pressure and long gliding strokes to relax the entire body integrate together into what we call body work massage.
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