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What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.
How does Acupuncture work?
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others.
The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body's internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.
The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system.
The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
What is Reiki?
Reiki (pronounced Ray – Key) is a gentle modality of energy healing. Reiki is a Japanese word which means “universal life force energy”. You may have heard of energy referred to as “chi” (China) or “prana” (India). As we have a physical body we also have an energy body. Reiki can help reduce imbalances in the energy body. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) refers to this energy field as a “bio-field”, and Reiki is currently in clinical trials at NIH.
Reiki is not massage, not a religion, not used to diagnose illness and not a substitute for your regular medical care. Reiki is used is for relaxation, to reduce stress, to decrease pain, and to promote the inner healing abilities of your body, mind and spirit. There are no known side effects to Reiki.
Benefits of Healing Touch Therapies
Relieves or decreases physical pain
Calms the mind and emotions
Reduces and releases feelings of anxiety, stress, depression
Strengthens the immune system
Decreases negative effects of trauma, chronic pain, post traumatic stress
Enhances feelings of being cared for and nurtured
Supports and accelerates healing after surgery and medical procedures
Reduces nausea, fatigue and discomforts from chemo and radiation therapies
Decreases need for pain medication
Assists with the dying process
Helps during withdrawal from smoking and substance abuse
Promotes and strengthens integration of mind, body, emotion, spirit
Reflexology is a specific acupressure technique that works on precise reflex points on the feet, hands and ears, based on the theory that these reflex points correspond to all body parts. Reflexology is a holistic healing technique that aims to treat the individual as an entity, incorporating body, mind and spirit. Reflexologists treat the whole person with the objective of creating a state of balance and harmony.
Whether you are seeking relief for a medical condition, dealing with the stress of daily life, or simply maintaining good health, therapeutic massage may help you. Services are also available for businesses, conferences, or health fairs. Our therapists are licensed and certified.
Treat yourself to a relaxing, rejuvenating and soothing massage during pregnancy. Our massage therapists will help to improve your circulation and ease stressed muscles during pregnancy. You must be beyond your first trimester to receive massage during your pregnancy.
Sahaja Meditation is a unique method based on the awakening of ones own Kundalini or Chi energy. This meditation offers an easy and effective way to beat stress, become calm, balanced, relaxed, and maintain good health. Through Sahaja Meditation one begins to find silence and a genuine sustainable peace and balance within.