Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing used for thousands of years to anticipate, treat, and prevent disease. It is the oldest continuously-practiced medical system in the world, and one third of the world's population still uses it as their primary health-care system. Acupuncture is based on the principle that there are natural laws which govern not only the world around us, but our bodies as well. These laws describe a life force, qi, that moves in all things.
When qi is flowing properly, we are healthy; however, if qi is blocked or out of balance we experience discomfort or disease. Meridians (energetic channels) conduct the qi, and surface at precise locations on the body known as acupuncture points. Each acupuncture point serves as an access route to the deeper channels within. Acupuncture points are stimulated by the insertion of hair-thin needles, thus activating qi and influencing the internal organs and structures associated with those points.
Worsley Five Element Acupuncture, rooted in ancient wisdom and adapted by Professor JR Worsley for the modern world, is an effective and unique system of medicine. The ancient Chinese observed the laws of nature and these observations took shape in the theory of the Five Elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. The movement of energy, called qi or ch'i, through the Five Elements must be balanced and harmonious for us to be healthy. Dr. Worsley taught how to find the cause of imbalance within a person's energy. By focusing on the energy imbalance, rather than the symptoms themselves, the practitioner is able to restore the person's health in the body as well as the mind and the spirit. Dr. Worsley was also committed to the healing relationship between practitioner and patient. He taught the importance of rapport in that relationship, the development of trust, as a key to the success of healing. Five Element acupuncture elegantly restores our balance and harmony and allows us to reconnect with our well-being and health.
TCM Acupuncture is rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Originating in China, TCM is based on ancient Taoist philosophy and has been in continuous use for over 3,000 years. TCM recognizes five natural elements at work in the natural world and human body: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. TCM balances these natural forces - awakening and retraining the body's innate healing mechanisms - with a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary therapy and other techniques. TCM heals and prevents disease, alleviates pain and restores inner balance and harmony. TCM can also be used to support Western medical interventions.
Cupping utilizes small glass cups as suction devices that are placed on the skin. The suction gently draws the skin and superficial muscle layer upward, resulting in an unusual but relaxing sensation. Cupping can loosen muscles, increase blood flow, and calm the nervous system. This treatment is also used to clear congestion from the lungs.
Gua Sha, which means to scrape toxins, is an ancient technique for promoting normal blood circulation and enhancing metabolic processes. The technique involves rubbing the skin of the upper back, neck, or chest with a round-edged instrument. Gua Sha is valuable in addressing pain, upper respiratory and digestive problems, as well as a number of acute or chronic conditions.
Tui Na is a type of traditional Chinese medical massage with varying techniques, ranging from light and soothing to strong and invigorating. The term Tui Na (pronounced twee-nah) combines the names of two of the hand techniques: "tui" meaning to push, and "na" meaning to lift and squeeze. Some practitioners of Tui Na claim there are more than 365 hand techniques, although they can generally be placed in the categories of pressing, rubbing, waving, shaking, drumming, or manipulating. Refined over the centuries, Tui Na facilitates healing by regulating the circulation of blood and chi (vital energy), which then controls body function and enhances resistance to disease.