Acupuncture is the use of tiny, sterile, stainless steel needles with the goal of regulating the chi (energy) of the body. By influencing this energetic system, the body can return to a place of balance. In essence, acupuncture works to bring the body back to homeostasis - its natural state. When the body functions correctly, symptoms improve and an overall sense of wellness results. All needles are disposable.
Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and chi (also known as ki or qi) to aid healing. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points, but acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses the gentle, but firm pressure of hands. Acupressure can be effective in helping relieve headaches, eye strain, sinus problems, neck pain, backaches, arthritis, muscle aches, tension due to stress, ulcer pain, menstrual cramps, lower backaches, constipation and indigestion. The best use of acupressure's healing touch is for those who are concerned about needles, although it is often used in conjunction with acupuncture.
Cupping consists of applying suction to glass cups and placing them on specific areas of the body. The back is the most common area where cups are used. Cupping can be effective in treating a variety of conditions such as pain syndromes, relief from sore muscles and overwork, respiratory disorders (asthma and chronic cough or chronic bronchitis and colds) and more.
Electro-acupuncture is a technique where mild electric current is applied to the needles. Electro-acupuncture is most effective for chronic pain, spasms and sprains, but can be used for many other conditions as well.
Jin Shin Do
Jin Shin Do is a unique synthesis of ancient and modern techniques which balance the "natural" flow of energy in the body/mind. This ancient Japanese technique of direct finger pressure on key points in the body. It relates chronic tension or "armoring" to blockages along the energy pathways or meridians. A firm but gentle finger pressure on selected acupoints in areas of tension is used to draw attention to and release muscular holding patterns, allowing the smooth, harmonious, balanced flow of energy through the body.