MOTOR POINT ACUPUNCTURE is a Western style of acupuncture that is used to release spasm or chronic tension in muscles, and ‘reboot’ weak and poorly functioning muscles. A Motor Point is the area within a muscle that requires the least amount of stimulation to cause a fasciculation, or muscle twitch. The ‘twitch’ or ‘jump’ that occurs when a Motor Point is needled is believed to reset the muscle spindle (sensory receptors within the muscle that indicate, via the nervous system, how long the muscle should be), when it is dysfunctional due to injury or chronic poor posture.
CUPPING is a TCM technique in which glass cups are applied to the skin by way of a vacuum, which is created by lighting an alcohol-soaked cotton ball on fire. After the oxygen in the cups is burned by the flame, the cups are quickly applied to the skin creating suction. Once applied to the affected area, the cups are believed to ‘suck out’ toxins. The vacuum in the cups causes blood to collect in the affected area to support the healing process. Unlike Western massage, the suction from the cups draws the tissue up, opening and pulling it apart. This assists the lymphatic and circulatory systems, invigorates the skin, drains excess fluid and toxins, stimulates the peripheral nervous system, and releases fascial adhesions.
GUA SHA is a method in which a tool, traditionally made from jade or bone, but now made from plastic, is scrapped over the skin. ‘Sha’ refers to the redness that is produced by this technique. Gua Sha is used to treat local pain and stagnation on the surface of the body, and is used to alleviate pain, stimulate lymph and blood circulation, and decrease local adhesion of tissue.
DIET THERAPY involves the use of food as medicine following TCM theory. According to TCM, foods can have different properties depending on their predominant flavour (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and pungent), temperature (cold, cool, neutral, warm, hot), and the way they are prepared (raw, steamed, fried, baked).
A healthy diet is a key aspect of healthy living. An Acupuncturist trained in diet therapy will support clients in establishing healthy eating practices that take into consideration their age and constitution, the season, and the climate in which they live.
TUI NA is a form of massage that follows TCM principles and combines acupressure, range of motion, traction, and friction movements. It is used to help circulate the body’s defensive (wei) qi, invigorate both meridians and muscles, assist in the circulation of blood and lymph, and release both fascial and muscular tension to enhance the immune system and improve one’s overall health.