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.

Shiatsu acupressure

Shiatsu is a form of bodywork, which applies sustained pressure on acupuncture 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.

Bowen therapy

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.


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.

Auricular medicine

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.

Food therapy

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.

Pediatric treatments

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.