The modalities offered at Essence Acupuncture Clinic & Wellness have one thing in common: to improve the flow of qi/blood in the body. Health issues arise when there is a blockage in the flow of life force.
In order to open up blockages or stagnation, acupuncture needles are inserted at specific points on the energy meridians of the body, facilitating the smooth flow of qi/blood. Needles are generally inserted on the limbs, the back, or abdomen. Points are found through palpation of the surface of the body and a needle is then inserted. Acupuncture is extremely versatile and if there are any areas that one is apprehensive about being needled, the area could very easily be left alone. Acupuncture is great in the treatment of acute and chronic pain, insomnia, digestive issues, anxiety, depression and all kinds of imbalance in the mind body and spirit triad.
Shiatsu is a form of bodywork, which applies sustained pressure on acupressure points all around the body using thumb, knuckle or elbow. This form of manipulation balances energetic deficiencies and blockages in order to create balance in the body. Shiatsu is done without the use of oils and with the client wearing comfortable clothing. Shiatsu is one the most relaxing form of bodywork and greatly helps with calming the nervous system. Conditions such as anxiety, depression, IBS, fertility issues as well as aches and pains greatly respond to Shiatsu.
Bowen therapy is a remedial, hands-on therapy that is applied using very gentle pressure. The practitioner uses thumbs and fingers on precise points of the body to perform Bowen’s unique sets of rolling-type moves which stimulate the muscles and soft tissue of the body. There is no manipulation or adjustment of hard tissue and no force is used. The experience of a treatment is gentle, subtle and relaxing. It is believed that the Bowen therapy prompts the body to reset, repair and balance itself and clients report the experience of pain relief, improvement of function and recovery of energy. Bowen therapy greatly helps with conditions stemming from structural misalignment, chronic low back pain, sciatica as well as anxiety and mood disorders.
Tui Na massage
Tui Na is a form of bodywork which also aims to balance the individual. Tui Na is slightly more vigorous and active in nature but the client will feel very calm, relaxed and with renewed vigour afterwards. Like Shiatsu and Bowen therapy, generally the client remains clothed.
Sotai corrective alignment therapy
Sotai is a series of gentle supportive techniques involving active range of motion coupled with resistance and breathing. The objective is to listen to the body’s preferences in terms of structural alignment in order to loosen tight and blocked fascia.
The burning of the dried form of the herb mugwort either directly on the skin, or on a needle head, or indirectly over an acupuncture point. The heat generated from the burning moxa stimulates the flow of qi and facilitates opening of stagnation, thus enhancing the life force.
An ancient folk remedy used all around the world using wooden or glass cups suctioned on to the surface of the body. The induced suction encourages flow of qi/blood in order to break up stagnation.
Gua Sha or scraping
This is a technique with the goal of stimulating circulation in the body or tight muscles. It’s generally performed on upper back and neck and, like cupping, it breaks up stagnation and warms the body up. A smooth flat surfaced tool is used for this purpose.
This is a therapy that uses the ear for diagnosis and treatment. Acupuncture needles or small reflexology plasters are applied to points on the ear corresponding to the area of the body that requires treatment. Auricular medicine is especially beneficial in the field of detox, substance dependency and addiction as an adjunct treatment.
Used alone or with other modalities, food therapy improves wellbeing and enhances vitality. Simple principles of Chinese and Ayurvedic dietary therapies combined with modern nutritional guidelines are tailored to meet the individual’s constitutional needs and health challenges.
Infants and children alike benefit from acupressure and acupuncture. Needles are only used if the child is comfortable, otherwise a combination of acupressure and energy holds are utilized. Treatments are generally shorter, ranging from thirty to forty-five minutes.
A series of energy exercises are given to clients to complement treatments in the clinic. These exercise are easy to perform and would take around 15-20 minutes daily. With regular QiGong, one can enhance the energetic body which will then strengthen all aspects of being, from immune system to digestion and to mental/emotional/spiritual health.