Acupuncture is the ancient East Asian healing art of using ultra
thin, single use, disposable needles inserted into the body at
specific points called 'acupuncture points' to stimulate the bodies
own ability to heal itself.
These points are located on the body on meridians where our
bodies natural energy flows (called Qi). These meridians are
linked to our internal organs & the needles are used to either
activate or sedate the internal organs in order to create balance
& harmony according to Chinese Medical Theory of Yin-Yang,
Wu Xing & 8 Principles dating back 2000 years to the Yellow
Various styles of acupuncture have evolved with most acupuncture practiced today being
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Korean, Japanese & Worsley 5 Element.
Korean Hand Therapy (KHT) ~
Korean Hand Therapy (KHT) was discovered and developed by a
South Korean Acupuncturist named Dr Yoo in the 1970’s. He
investigated the close link between the hands and the brain and
theorized that the hands represented the whole body.
Over the following years he mapped out a KHT correspondence
chart of the hands and body. Furthermore, he documented a wide
range of symptoms and illnesses that could be treated through
gentle stimulation of the hands.
He then compared KHT theory with traditional body acupuncture
theory and made KHT unique among all micro reflex systems by
developing micro meridians on the hands with specific points used
for treatment rather than just general reflex areas. Therefore KHT
points on the hands could be stimulated in the same way body acupuncture points are used in
As only the hands are used in treatment, Dr Yoo found KHT a very quick and practical solution for
patients who were unable to undress for a body treatment or found climbing on a couch difficultsuch
as elderly and disabled patients.
Dr Yoo also observed that there were often patients who required treatment; however they had a
needle phobia. He developed equipment that could be used to practice KHT completely noninvasively.
This included probes and rollers to stimulate points and areas and also acupressure
discs that are attached to the hands at the end of a therapy session to extend the benefit of the
Tui Na Chinese Medical Massage ~
Tui na is a hands-on body treatment that uses
Chinese taoist and martial arts principles in an effort
to bring the eight principles of Traditional Chinese
Medicine (TCM) into balance. The practitioner may
brush, knead, roll/press, and rub the areas between
each of the joints to attempt to open the body's
defensive (wei) Qi and get the energy moving in the
meridians and the muscles.These techniques aid in
the treatment of both acute and chronic
musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many nonmusculoskeletal
In modern China, many hospitals include tui na as a
standard aspect of treatment.
Chinese Foot Massage: ~
Part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese Reflexology is the
ancient art of working pressure points on the feet, hands and ears
that correspond to different parts of the body.
Chinese reflexology is believed to stimulate elimination, improve
circulation and support the immune system. The Chinese believe
it restores the body’s equilibrium of yin and yang, encourages
healing and strengthens the body. It is a powerful treatment that is
much more than just a foot massage!
Whereas Western Reflexology is based on relaxation, its Chinese
counterpart stimulates and energises the body so it is ideal for
those needing a physical recharge or whose immune systems
need a boost.
Chinese facial rejuvenation massage ~
Chinese Facial Massage is a relaxing and
rejuvenating facial massage.
Tui Na techniques are used that help tone, uplift,
remove tension, reduce facial lines and increase
circulation to the face. Facial massage can benefit
Bells Palsy, facial tics, eye droop, sinus problems,
eyesight (near and far), and TMJ problems.
NADA auricular therapy: ~
The NADA protocol was initially founded to aid relaxation and well being for
people suffering with substance misuse problems, and/or in recovery. In
more recent years, other areas of treatment that incoorporate the NADA
protocol as an effective intervention are: stress, anxiety management &
panic disorder, trauma recovery in communities following major
catastrophes, aiding recovery from some psychiatric medications
dependency, relaxation in young people with behavioural disorders,
smoking cessation and ameliorating side effects from drug treatment in
cancer. The protocol is known to have a calming effect on the central
Cupping Therapy: ~
Through either heat or suction, the skin is gently drawn
upwards by creating a vacuum in a cup over the target
area of the skin. The cup stays in place for five to fifteen
minutes. It is to help treat pain, deep scar tissues in the
muscles and connective tissue, muscle knots, and
Massage oil may be applied to create a better seal as
well as allow the cups to glide over muscle groups (e.g.
trapezius, erectors, latisimus dorsi, etc.) in an act called
"moving cupping". Dark circles may appear where the
cups were placed due to rupture of the capillaries just
under the skin, but are not the same as a bruise caused
by blunt-force trauma.
Moxabustion Therapy: ~
Moxabustion is the ancient use of heat as a
'Mugwort' is dried & burnt to release its healing
properties and applied to various points on the
body to aid healing.
It can be used directly on the body or by needle
depending on the condition being treated.
Gua sha Therapy: ~
Gua sha mean's "scraping sha-bruises", is a traditional
Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped
to produce light bruising. Gua sha releases unhealthy
elements from injured areas and stimulates blood flow
The Sha can last upto a week before fading away.
Neuro-muscular Taping Therapy: ~
Elastic therapeutic tape is an elastic cotton strip with an
acrylic adhesive that is used with the intent of treating pain
and disability from athletic injuries and a variety of other
One use is correcting the alignment of weak muscles as
well as facilitating joint motion as a result of the tape's
recoiling qualities. Additionally, the tape lifts the skin,
increasing the space below it, and increasing blood flow and
circulation of lymphatic fluids (swelling). This increase in the
interstitial space is said to lead to less pressure on the
body's nociceptors, which detect pain, and to stimulate
mechanoreceptors, to improve overall joint proprioception.