Other Complementary Therapies

Moxibustion Application of mild heat to the body, assists blood and lymph circulation.

The patient will experience a pleasant heating sensation that penetrates deep into the skin, but should not experience any pain, blistering or scarring unless the moxa is left in place for too long. Indirect moxibustion is currently the more popular form of care because there is a much lower risk of pain or burning.

In indirect moxibustion, a practitioner lights one end of a moxa stick, roughly the shape and size of a cigar, and holds it close to the area being treated for several minutes until the area turns red. Another form of indirect moxibustion uses both acupuncture needles and moxa.

A needle is inserted into an acupoint and retained. The tip of the needle is then wrapped in moxa and ignited, generating heat to the point and the surrounding area. Burning moxa also produces a great deal of smoke and a pungent odor.

Patients with respiratory problems may request that their practitioner use smokeless moxa sticks as an alternative.

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Acupressure Form of Massage to stimulate acupuncture points and elsewhere. Tui Na techniques relaxes muscles & tendons and promotes improved blood circulation.

Once an issue has been identified for treatment, a practitioner will apply deep, but gentle finger pressure on specific acupoints. This is "Acupuncture without the needles" - and without any intrusion into the body. The action of the pressure works on the 'blocked energy centres' and starts to release the energy and alleviate the symptoms. Most patients find this 'gentle pressure' quite pleasant, allowing their bodies and minds to relax.

Reflexology Form of massage to stimulate nerve endings in the hands & feet, activate ‘Qi’ and improve circulation and wellbeing. Qi = ‘vital energy’

Reflexology is suitable for all ages and may bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. After having completed a course of reflexology treatments for a specific condition, many people find it beneficial to continue to have occasional treatments to maintain health and well-being.

Cupping Therapy Glass cups are placed over specific points on the body. The cups are gently heated to create a vacuum. This process unblocks lymph nodes which helps the body and veins to work better. May assist in stimulating tissues to release toxins.

 The therapist will decide how to use the cups depending on the client and the presenting condition. For example if it is a child with Asthma, flash cupping techniques could be used. This is usually enjoyable as the cups are applied and pulled off in quick succession creating a popping sound not unlike popcorn.

For more chronic cases say of frozen shoulder or joint pain the therapist could use a longer application with a stronger pull.

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Cosmetic Therapy Insertion of very thin needles into the acupuncture points on the face will stimulate the local circulation to the face and stimulate collagen production. This will assist in creating a younger and firmer complexion.

Cosmetic Acupuncture can often stimulate a reduction and frequently complete ‘erasure’ or removal of fine lines and the softening of deeper ones. Many patients will experience a firming of their jowls, a reduction in under-eye bags size, plus enjoy having eyes that sparkle and an enhanced skin tone.