Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine filiform needles into soft tissue in order to stimulate your body’s own healing processes. Practices like acupuncture and cupping help relax and realign the fasciae, which are the connective fibers and tissues that separate your muscles and internal organs.
Traditionally, the effects of acupuncture are described in terms of adjusting the circulation of Qi and Blood to attain a wide range of beneficial effects. Modern research has confirmed many of the uses of acupuncture and found many different mechanisms of action including:
- The release of endorphins (which stop pain)
- Increased circulation
- Release of muscle spasms and tension
- Increased healing time
- Homeostasis/balance of some hormones
- Physical and mental relaxation
Acupuncture / Tui Na
The Tui-Na/Acupuncture treatment offers extra time for more hands-on treatment to better reduce stress and shoulder/neck tension. Please email me via the contact form if you are interested in this session as I can only take a limited amount of patients for this treatment. I will put you on a waitlist if I am unavailable to fit you in currently.
Tui-Na (pronounced Twee-Nah) roughly translates as push-pull and refers to a therapeutic massage style that incorporates muscular and tendon work along with the passive movement of the joints (hence the push and pull). Of the various Tui-Na Techniques, I focus on rolling. Rolling consists of applying medium to light pressure with the back of the hand in a rhythmic fashion. The rhythmic application of pressure allows both mind and body(muscles/fascia) to relax. Patients often ask me what tool I’m using to roll them out not realizing it is just my hand. Please see the video. Prior to becoming licensed in acupuncture, I was a certified massage therapist with a focus in Asian based modalities – rolling is my favorite technique in all.
During the session, I focus on the shoulders, base of the neck, and upper back but I also work down to the lower back as well. After 15-20 minutes of rolling, if there is still some muscular tension in the shoulders, some medium to deep elbow pressure is applied to strategic points. For patients who need treatment for chronically tight neck and shoulders, I then apply a few minutes of either Gua-Sha or Cupping (see video). Both of those treatments help relax the muscles and just as importantly the fascia surrounding them. Both treatments leave superficial and temporary red marks on the skin. Afterward, there is a 40-minute acupuncture session. Overall, the treatment lasts approx. 75 to 80 minutes leaving 10 minutes to check-in at the beginning and change and check out at the end.
I have seen rolling and the other modalities mentioned here to be very effective for many people. However, please note that this is not your typical full-body massage. I’ve detailed the areas of the body and conditions which I recommend this treatment for above. Please note that all sessions include at least 40 minutes of acupuncture. I cannot offer 90 minutes of Tui-Na at this time. In addition, these 90-minute Tui-Na/Acupuncture sessions do not leave time for a proper herbal consultation. I’m sorry I cannot offer Tui-Na, Gua Sha, or Cupping during 60-minute acupuncture sessions.
For those needing help unwinding or suffering from cervical or neck pathology, regular acupuncture sessions are great while these 90-minute sessions provide even more benefit.
Acupuncture helps the body to relax and begin to heal itself from the inside out. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!