Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese Medicine, used to cure the root cause of illness rather than the symptoms. Acupuncture treatment uses needles to access the meridian pathways that should flow harmoniously throughout the body. The needles are used to unblock these pathways that can cause illness or dis-ease. Five Element Acupuncture works with the laws of nature balancing the body, mind and spirit. The practitioner will use diagnostic tools which have been refined over thousands of years to create a specific treatment plan aimed at the individual patient. The first consultation appointment will include, a discussion of your background, medical history including any medications and a physical examination including, tongue diagnosis, blood pressure, abdominal diagnosis and pulses. This will be explained in full during the consultation.
Chapter One - Detailed medical history and discussion of your needs.
Chapter Two - Getting to know your face…I will gently massage serum into your face, feeling for any stagnated energy to prepare for Chapter Three.
Chapter Three - Cupping, GuaSha and Jade Roller…..Moves stagnation, reduces puffiness, relaxes and tones the 57 muscles in your face, increases blood flow, boosts collagen production and stimulates the lymphatic system.
Chapter Four - Needles…..Auricular points to relax and body points specific to your inner health. Facial points to reduce wrinkles and will lift and tone the muscles.
Chapter Five - The choice of Red Light Therapy or Cryo Therapy…The red-light therapy helps reduces inflammation, pigmentation, and redness creating a more vibrant complexion. It stimulates new collagen and elastin production, resulting in plumper, firmer, more youthful looking skin. Cryo Therapy is the use of a cold face mask which helps contour, reduces puffiness, lifts, tightens and brightens your face.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb on the skin. This works with the Acupuncture needles in facilitating the healing process of the body. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.
In Chinese medicine pain can be caused by the stagnation of the blood which will create a build up of blood and energy flow. This can be due to physical or emotional trauma on the body. Cupping increases the blood flow to the area therefore encouraging the movement of blood, energy and fluids by a deep suction massage. The cups are placed on the skin creating a suction, bringing the blood to the surface of the skin. The cups can then be moved or left static and will cause a bruising affect on the skin. Cupping can be used as a recovery method for strained muscles, relieving the tension and aiding in the healing process. It is commonly used in athletes including, swimmers, gymnastics and long distance runners.
Gua Sha is very similar to Cupping, however the Gua Sha tool is different, we use a smooth flat piece of jade or similar to scrap the skin. This breaks down the stagnation of blood and energy which has created the discomfort or pain. It will cause the blood to move to the surface of the skin causing a bruising affect and give relief from the pain.