Therapies

Acupuncture ~

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 Emperor. 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 treatments.

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 treatment.

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 conditions.
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 nervous system.

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 swelling.

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 healing medium. '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 and healing. 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 physical disorders.

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.