Acamtherapy – Shiatsu + Acupuncture
Specializing in Acupuncture and Shiatsu Therapy treatments to help with many health conditions.
During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, be assured that along with regular infection control procedures, extra precautions and procedures have been put in place to help protect both the patient and therapist. When booking an appointment, these can be discussed.
Sometimes points that have been needled will need extra stimulation, in which case electro-stimulation is used. Alligator clips are attached to the needle and a pulse of electricity is run to the needle. It is not painful, as the intensity and frequency are adjustable and monitored by the practitioner.
Glass or plastic cups are used to vacuum or lift tissue with applied suction to help release tight muscles and move stagnant Chi. It may help with pain, inflammation, circulation and stress relief.
A Chinese spoon or gua sha tool is used to stroke a lubricated area of the body surface to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petechiae called “sha”. The skin is not broken, and the scraping instrument is blunt. Fine capillaries give off the sha or petechiae, releasing toxins from the blood and greatly stimulating circulation to the area. It has an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect as well.
Moxibustion is a method of burning Mugwort or other herbs on, around, or above channel pathways or acupuncture points. A barrier cream or other substance is used between the herb and the skin to protect it in direct Moxabustion. The idea is to provide a pointed heat to specific points in order to regulate and smooth the flow of Chi and Blood, warm the channel pathways, and prevent disease.
Warmed gel or clay packs are sometimes used to prepare an area prior to treatment. The TDP lamp uses Far Infrared energy to stimulate deep muscle relaxation, circulation and to warm an area of treatment.
Eastern medical theory considers food as medicine and an important healing force. Food energies can help in correcting imbalances in our health and body functioning. We may not realize that something we are eating or drinking, or even the temperature or cooking method of what we ingest has a profound affect on our health. Nutritional advice from the Eastern medical standpoint is offered when necessary to help encourage healing and maintain health.