Types of therapies included within this Traditional Acupuncture Practice.
Chinese Therapeutic Massage Therapy has been practiced for many thousands of years and is the predecessor of all forms of massage and body work that exist today from shiatsu to osteopathy. In China, where it is called Tui Na (twee nar), it shares the same eminence as acupuncture and herbal medicine and is one of the most popular forms of treatment for a wide range of complaints: it is not unusual to see people queuing up in long lines outside Chinese hospitals waiting for the Tui Na department to open! Safe, holistic and effective, it is also the first choice of treatment for infants and children.
Practicing Tui Na requires the same understanding of the rationale of Chinese medicine as acupuncture or herbal medicine, and I have been told that the Tui Na practitioner is an unusual breed in that they must enjoy both mental stimulation and hands-on physical work!
This is the burning of a herb close to or on the body. It is used to warm and nourish our Blood and Qi. The needles aspect of acupuncture usually gets all the attention, but needles and moxa together are traditionally part of the same treatment. It is used for conditions which are ‘cold’ in nature – a painful joint or an aching lower back. By ‘nourishing our Blood and Qi’ we mean that it can strengthen and warm us when we feel susceptible to cold weather and at times of low energy.
In UK glass cups are generally used, although in China bamboo is often preferred. To apply the cups a vacuum is created by placing a lighted taper quickly in and out of the cup which is then placed in position. Often used for problems such as swollen, painful or stiff joints. It is also used to clear the common cold when the cups are placed over specific acupuncture points on the patient’s back.
Gua Sha is simple, effective and practised widely in China, Vietnam, and other parts of East Asia. Gua means to scrape, and during a gua sha treatment, a round-edged instrument is used to stroke the skin in a certain area of the body. Sufficient pressure is applied so that the subcutaneous fascia is reached, and massage oil is applied to the surface of the skin to stop any discomfort from friction. After treatment, the skin afterwards has a bruised look (petechiae) as all the stagnant blood and metabolic waste products come to the surface. This is the Sha and fades after 3 days.
The result of removing these blockages is that the fluid and blood circulation is vastly improved in the area, and any tension or build-up of metabolic by-products in the muscles is reduced. Gua sha does not cause any pain and is a powerful detoxifying treatment. Practitioners use gua sha in various ways and I find it most beneficial for the treatment of stiff and painful neck and shoulders.
More commonly known as Japanese paediatric acupuncture, though typically no needles are used and nothing actually penetrates the skin. Tracing its roots back to 17th century Osaka in Japan (and ultimately to ancient China), this specialized acupuncture technique was developed specifically for infants and children up to the age of seven.
Shoshinin’s gentle treatment techniques involve non-inserted needles. The skin is rubbed, tapped and pressed to produce a variety of gentle stimulation sensations. Rounded tools, including rods of stone, shell, silver, or gold, are typically used. Sometimes a press sphere – a tiny round ball – is taped in place and left for a few hours to stimulate an acupuncture point. These techniques serve to harmonize and boost a child’s vital energy.
Keep in mind that a child’s treatments will usually be short in duration, possibly only five minutes-with older children usually requiring longer treatments. Shonishin is administered quickly, usually within 15-20 minutes, and is typically performed with the child clothed or just wearing a nappy. The technique is most effective when given several times per week until the symptoms are alleviated. While initial treatments are administered in the clinic, many procedures can be performed by the child’s parents at home (a silver teaspoon makes an ideal home-based Shonishin tool). These and some Tui Na techniques are quickly and easily learned, allowing parents to perform daily treatments between visits.
|First consultation and treatment||£45|
|Follow up treatments||£40|
Please allow an hour and a half for the first session, and an hour for subsequent sessions.
If you cancel your appointment within 24 hours, or miss your session, you will be charged the full cost.