Traditional Chinese Therapies

ACUPUNCTURE

£30 for 30 minutes

 

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese medicine in which fine needles are inserted into the skin at certain points on the body. Acupuncture is based on the belief that an energy, or 'life force', flows through the body in channels called meridians. This life force is known as Qi (pronounced 'chee').

 

It is understood that when Qi cannot flow freely through the body, this can cause illness and that acupuncture can restore the flow of Qi, and so restore health. Some scientists and acupuncturists believe that acupuncture may stimulate nerves and muscle tissue, and that this may be responsible for any beneficial effects.

 

Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of health conditions. It is often used to treat pain conditions such as headache, lower back pain and dental pain, but is also commonly used against conditions ranging from infertility to anxiety and asthma. There is some evidence that acupuncture works for a small number of other conditions, including migraine and post-operative nausea. However, there is little or no scientific evidence that acupuncture works for many of the conditions for which it is often used.

 

After a full consultation has been carried out and treatment explained to each client, the fresh needles will be inserted into specific points of the body. Depending on the injury will depend on the length of time the needles are left in each client. Once the treatment is completed, the needles will be removed and discarded safely. After the treatment there may be some redness or bruising to the skin but this will improve in a few days.

CUPPING THERAPY

                                                                        £30 for 30 minutes

                                            £45 for 60 minutes

 

Cupping therapy is said to open the ‘Meridians’ of the body. Meridians are the conduits within each of us through which energy flows to reach every part of the body, its organs and tissues. Opening the flow of energy, or increasing the circulation in the body strengthens its ability to heal.

 

Cupping is used for lower back pain, sprains, soft tissue injuries, sports injuries and helping relieve fluid from the lungs, from chest congestion or chronic bronchitis. In addition, it can alleviate the symptoms of or resolve menstrual and digestive problems.

 

Patients report that the sensation during treatment simply feels as if something or someone is tugging at their skin. It can have the sensation of a deep massage.

 

The only side effect of this treatment is that there may be what looks like circular bruises where the cupping was done. This painless bruising typically clears up in 3-10 days. It is best to keep the area covered and free from drafts. To reduce the appearance of the bruises, you can apply arnica cream to the affected area and drink plenty of water.

GUA SHA THERAPY

£30 for 30 minutes

                           £45 for 60 minutes

 

 

In Gua Sha massage, the term “gua” means “scraping” or “to scrape”, and “sha” is the term used to describe the millet-like redness that may occur after the treatment that has been carried out. Interestingly, Gua Sha massage technically isn’t a massage at all. Rather, Gua Sha is the name of the instrument that is used during the treatment. This massage therapy can be performed on its own or it can be used in conjunction with another form of massage.

 

Another name for this therapy is “spooning”. The most common scraping instrument that is used is a buffalo horn, which has a very smooth comb-like shape – without the teeth. Jar lids or Chinese soup spoons can also be used. The Gua Sha, or instrument, is used because the hands alone may not be enough to dispel heat, increase oxygen to the area, and stimulate blood flow in the way that the Gua Sha can. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the buffalo horn has cold properties, and it is therefore effective in helping to dispel heat from the body.

REFLEXOLOGY

                                          £30 for 45 minutes, general programme

  £45 for 75 minutes, specific programme

 

Reflexology is a holistic therapy based on the belief that there are points on the feet – reflexes – that correspond to organs and systems within the body. By stimulating these reflexes with light pressure it is aimed to restore balance. Reflexology does not diagnose, nor offer a cure for medical conditions but is a therapy designed to activate the body’s own healing powers.

 

Reflexology is a deeply relaxing and nurturing treatment and many people like to have it for this reason alone. It can also be helpful for conditions such as hypertension, depression, stress & insomnia. The clearing and balancing effects of reflexology make it particularly helpful for such things as digestive disorders and sinus congestions etc.

 

For women: Problems related to hormonal imbalance such as PMS, menopausal symptoms, and the distress caused by them respond particularly well to reflexology. Reflexology may be helpful for certain infertility problems and difficulties conceiving in women. It aims to balance and improve the hormonal environment for conception, stimulate secretion of and balance levels of oestrogen and progesterone, stimulate ovulation, improve blood supply to the reproductive organs, as well as inducing deep relaxation and de-stressing.


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