Therapies

 Acupuncture | Massage Therapy | CranioSacral Therapy | Herbs and Homeopathics

 

Acupuncture:


Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body. This process stimulates the lymphatic and vascular systems, manipulates blood and oxygen circulation, and influences the nervous system and organ function. Acupuncture is one of the main modalities in Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncturists are required to be trained in the anatomical location of acupuncture points and the physiology of the body. There are 14 major meridians in the body creating a grid system that traverses the body from head to toe. The meridians travel along the arms, hands, feet, legs, torso, and connect with the internal organs.  The meridians may become blocked or disturbed as a result of stress, poor nutrition, internal and external noxious substances, injury, excessive exposure to wind, damp, heat, cold, and emotional responses such as worry, anxiety, and over thinking. Stimulation of these meridians via acupuncture points helps restore the normal balance and flow of Qi in the body. Qi is the vital energy or the life force of the body. By keeping these energy pathways open and balanced the body is able to heal naturally and promote physical and emotional wellness.
Physiologically through the stimulation of acupuncture points the body will respond by:
  • Releasing endorphins which make us feel good.
  • Release the natural opiates of the body that reduce pain.
  • Release the neurotransmitters affecting the central nervous system thus influencing involuntary body functions such as boosting the immune system.
Acupuncture should not be painful but it is not without sensation. When the needle is being inserted into the acupuncture point you may feel a quick pinch, heat, itching, or pressure at the site of the needle. This is a normal response and you should not feel anything sharp or painful. Generally during the treatment people will feel a deep sense of relaxation and some people fall asleep. Following the treatment people generally will feel an overall increase in energy. Our clinic uses presterilized disposable needles that are discarded after each use.

Cupping
This technique involves glass jars being placed over areas of the skin. A flame is placed in the cup removing the oxygen creating a vacuum resulting in suction that draws the tissue up into the jar opening the pores of the skin. The suction also helps stimulate blood flow, balances and harmonizes the flow of Qi, breaks up obstructions, and creates a pathway for toxins to be drawn out of the body. A temporary discoloration of the skin can occur over the area where the cups are applied, light red indicates heat and inflammation while purple signifies blood not flowing through the muscles properly. The discoloration will dissipate over a few days. Cupping is indicated for conditions like muscle pain and tightness, swelling, asthma, and colds with fluid accumulation.
Gua Sha
This technique involves stimulation or scraping of the skin using a flat edged tool and massage oil. The scrapping will cause a reddening of the skin and small red petechiae know as “sha”. The principle of raising sha to the skin surface is to remove Qi and blood stagnation to promote normal circulation and metabolic processes of the body. Gua sha is indicated for muscle pain and tightness and colds to reduce fever and congestion.
Electrical Stimulation
E Stim is the use of applying a pulsating electrical current to acupuncture needles to stimulate certain acupuncture points or channels within the body. This technique helps decrease pain via the gate theory and can also tonify acupuncture points to move stagnation in the body.

Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture
Drawn from the ancient texts of Chinese medicine, the Mei Zen cosmetic acupuncture is a relatively painless, natural technique. Small, less than hair-width acupuncture needles are placed in a precise configuration just under the skin’s surface to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. It is an excellent natural alternative to cosmetic surgery facelifts and Botox treatments.

Moxibustion

Moxa is the dried leaves of Artemisia vulgaris (mugwort) that is burned along a meridian or placed indirectly on an acupuncture point. This technique is generally used in conjunction with acupuncture. It can be used to warm acupuncture points and channels by placing moxa on top of the needles during treatment or to remove cold, tonify Qi and blood, increase circulation, and strengthen vital energy. Moxa can also be used to induce labor or to turn a baby in the womb prior to delivery.

Transdermal Needles
Are mini needles, also known as tacks, that are attached to adhesive tape. This minimally invasive technique is an excellent way to treat children.  It is also used for a variety of conditions and helps with smoking cessation and weight loss. 
 

Massage Therapy:


Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is an exceptional resource for the mind and body.  It relaxes muscles, eases pain, and soothes the mind. Other benefits include relief of chronic tension and pain in the muscles, improved circulation, increased flexibility, and reduced mental and physical fatigue. It helps to restore balance to the body and is an excellent approach for stress relief. We have been providing therapeutic healing, relaxation, and stress release to Lake Geneva for over 10 years. We are pleased to offer you our professional services and strive to provide our clients with a beneficial experience. Our state licensed therapists specialize in the use of therapeutic and deep tissue massage to alleviate muscle spasms, headaches, tension, neck, back, and sciatica pain. We would appreciate the opportunity to provide you with a therapeutic massage to help relieve your discomfort and pain and restore your sense of health and well being.
Deep Tissue Massage
This type of massage is aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called the connective tissue.  The therapist focuses on releasing chronic muscle tension or knots (adhesions) in the muscles to help alleviate chronic muscular pain and assist in injury rehabilitation.  It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas from stress or overwork such as the neck, back, and shoulder areas.  This type of massage is generally more intense, however it should not hurt.  It is important to communicate with your therapist regarding the intensity and pressure of the massage so that they can adapt their technique as needed throughout the massage.  Deep tissue massage is generally integrated with other massage techniques.
Thai Yoga Massage
Thai Yoga Massage is a dynamic bodywork therapy based on yoga and Ayurveda which has its roots in the temples of Thailand.  In this unique healing system of Thai Yoga Massage the practitioner guides the recipient through a series of yoga postures while palming and thumbing along the body's energy ("Sen") lines and pressure points.  Together these actions result in a comprehensive full body treatment that:
  • Relieves muscular tension
  • Improves circulation
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Balances the body energetically
Thai Yoga Massage is a way for spiritual people to share the benefits of meditation and compassion in a physical form.  It is a respected form of healing practiced today in hospitals and temples throughout Thailand.
Thai Yoga Massage is performed on a mat on the floor; both client and practitioner are dressed in comfortable clothing allowing ease of movement and flexibility.  No oils or creams are used.
Swedish Massage
Swedish massage consists of a variety of techniques that include broad strokes, kneading, rolling, vibration, percussive, and tapping movements that are applied with the application of oil to reduce friction on the skin.  Swedish massage relaxes muscles, increases circulation, removes metabolic waste products, and stimulates the skin and nervous system.  The long gliding movements help to improve the overall health and well being of the recipient.  To help reduce emotional and physical stress on the body, we recommend a regular program for stress management and overall wellness.
Foot Reflexology
This type of massage is based on ancient Chinese therapy and involves manipulation of specific reflex areas of the foot that correspond to other parts and organs of the body.  This form of bodywork involves application of pressure to reflex points to stimulate body organs and relieve areas of congestion.  Similar to acupressure principles, reflexology works with the body’s energy flow to reduce pain, increase relaxation, and stimulate circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids to stimulate self healing and maintain balance of the body.     
Chair Massage
This technique uses a specially designed massage chair in which the client remains fully clothed.  Seated massage incorporates a variety of techniques such as Shiatsu, Trigger Point Therapy, Swedish massage, and bodywork and somatic techniques.  A session typically lasts between 15 to 60 minutes and the massage is generally focused on the back, neck, shoulders, and arms.  It is a great way to reduce stress and tension if you are in a hurry or short on time.  Chair massage can be done on site at various locations.
Prenatal/Pregnancy Massage
Prenatal massage uses specific techniques to reduce the discomforts of pregnancy as well as enhance the physiological and emotional well being of the mother and fetus.  Massage offers a safe, non-invasive method of relief for common complaints including; fatigue, headaches, low back pain, neck and shoulder pain and tension, swelling of extremities, and mood swings.  It also increases circulation, lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress on weight bearing joints.  Massage is helpful both during the pregnancy and in the postpartum period.  It is recommended to wait until the second trimester before getting a massage and is best to consult with your physician prior to receiving a prenatal massage.
Aromatherapy
The use of essential oils that are extracted from herbs, resins, woods, and roots, are applied to the body to aid in relaxation, improve circulation, boost the immune system, and help the healing of wounds. Each of the oils has its own properties, unique characteristics and benefits that help in reestablishing harmony, and revitalize systems and organs of the body where there is a malfunction or lack of balance.  Different fragrances of essential oils will relax, revitalize, or renew your mind, body, and soul.
 

CranioSacral Therapy:


This technique is an energy therapy used for the treatment of a wide variety of health problems. It is a unique discipline with a focus on the brain that regulates and maintains the balance of all body functions. The CranioSacral system is based on the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds and protects the brain and spinal column. The CranioSacral system produces and pumps the cerebrospinal fluid around the brain and spinal column, thus providing nourishment to these areas and allowing for total balance of all the body’s functional systems. 

This system can become restricted due to muscular imbalance, emotional distress, physical and psychological traumas; and a wide variety of diseases and syndromes. Our bodies want to heal themselves and maintain a balanced state. If our bodies become overloaded with too much stress, trauma, or disease, the body will wall off this dysfunctional energy and create an “energy cyst” as a self-protective mechanism. This trapped energy can create negative effects on the central nervous system which could lead to any number of sensory, motor or neurological disabilities. These could include chronic pain, fatigue, scoliosis, learning disabilities, headaches and other health problems.

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method used to detect these restrictions and encourage the body to self-correct these negative stresses. The practitioner uses a light touch to test and correct these restrictions. This light hands-on approach assists the body’s ability to heal itself.

It is a whole body healing and is helpful in alleviating symptoms of injury or disease — both chronic and acute. The results of CranioSacral Therapy include a sense of well-being, increased body awareness, and physical relief of pain.

Herbs | Homeopathics:

Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine is often used in conjunction with acupuncture.  It is the understanding and clinical usage of hundreds of herbs, plants, animals, and mineral substances to heal the body and mind through safe and effective means.  Extensive knowledge is required in botany, pharmacology, and Traditional Chinese Medical diagnosis to prescribe an herbal formula to treat each client’s underlying constitution and root pattern of their problem or condition.  Two clients presenting with the same symptoms may have a different cause for their condition, therefore different herbal formulas would be prescribed.  When prescribed by a qualified practitioner, Chinese herbal medicine is safe and effective.
 
Homeopathics
Homeopathy is a very old contemporary system of Western medicine that stimulates the mind and body to heal itself when it is out of balance.  It can help with chronic and acute health conditions, improve general health, and improve a person's overall energy.  Homeopathy has the capacity to help or heal most physical, mental, and emotional symptoms and treats conditions such as depression, anxiety, allergies, chronic fatigue, autism, eczema, menopause, and more.  Homeopathy is directed at strengthening the overall constitution and vitality of the body.
 
 



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