Acupuncture involves the use of filiform needles to balance and harmonize the body's organ systems in order to relieve pain and restore health. It can be used for a variety of conditions including body pain, allergies, digestive disorders, fertility, and many more.
Acupuncture relaxes the central nervous system and leaves the patient with a profound sense of well-being. Even people who are afraid of needles report that the ultra-fine needles used in this modality are nothing to be scared of.
Acupuncture is an appropriate treatment for all ages. We are happy to see children as well as adults try this profoundly effective therapy using a technique called shonishin, Japanese pediatric massage. There are no needles used in this therapy, only stroking tools made from different metals, so even the most needle-phobic kid will have a great experience!
Andrea practices Toyohari-style Japanese Meridian Therapy, a gentle, often non-insertive needling technique that is particularly appropriate for those who are sensitive to needles and agressive treatments. Toyohari works by bolstering the body's vitality in order to relieve symptoms. After receiving treatment, most patients report feeling calmer, more grounded, and more present with their own health.
In addition to acupuncture, other tecniques such as moxibustion, gua sha, and cupping may be used. Moxibustion involves the burning of the herb mugwort on or near the body. This remarkable herb can relieve pain, improve digestion, and bolster immunity. Gua sha and cupping are both used to break up adhesions in the case of musculoskeletal issues and to open the pores in order to clear up coughs and the common cold.