Natural Therapies used in Treatments
Discover 100% natural therapies that support the whole person.
The ancient art and science of inserting hair-thin needles into specific points in order to stimulate a physiological response in the body. Modern research has shown that acupuncture works by:
- Increasing circulation by boosting micro-circulation.
- Calming and balancing the nervous system.
- Helping the body release muscle tension.
- Reducing inflammation and boosting immune function.
- Increasing body's release of endorphins (happy hormones).
- Reducing the over-production of certain stress hormones.
Acupressure works on the same principle as acupuncture and is often suggested as a simple “DIY” self care routine to do at home in between visits. It can also be included in a treatment, and is especially beneficial for children or for those who are hesitant about needles.
Also known as 'myo-fascial decompression', cupping involves using suction force to increase blood flow and manually break up adhesions and increase circulation. An ancient practice that spans many cultures, but is most commonly known in Traditional East Asian Medicine. It can help to loosen tight muscles and reduce tension held in the body.
Facial cupping can also help increase circulation of lymph, as well as helping to release toxins in the tissues. Temporary cup-shaped marks are common in body cupping, but the facial method is much gentler and does not leave any marks on the skin.
Holistic Abdominal Therapy
We offer a unique blend of therapies focused on stimulating circulation and restoring balance in the core of the body.
Arvigo Therapy® is based on traditional Mayan abdominal massage - this is an external, non-invasive therapy that addresses the "5 Flows of the body" (arteries, veins, lymph, nerve and energy) and support homeostasis. These techniques address the optimum position of abdominal organs and support the healthy function of digestive and reproductive systems. Read more about Arvigo Abdominal Therapy® here.
Tui Na (pronounced "tway-nah") is a traditional manipulative therapy that is also known as "Chinese Medical Massage". It may include range of motion, traction, massage and acupressure to stimulate circulation of blood and energy in the channels of the body.
Holistic Dietary Therapy
We offer holistic nutritional counselling based on a functional medicine approach integrated with TCM dietary principles. Healing changes become lasting when various aspects of lifestyle are addressed including nutrients and eating habits.
The right combination of healing foods and supplements can nourish the body's depleted tissues and glands and set the stage for a health re-set. A well nourished body acts in balance and efficiently manages stress, allowing all body systems to function at peak levels.
Clinical Aromatherapy & AromaPoint Therapy
High quality essential oils can help stimulate a healing response in the body and mind. Essential oils can be applied to the concepts of TCM Theory and combined with acupuncture or used on their own (in clinic or for self care). Unlike general aromatherapy, which is mostly for relaxation - Clinical Aromatherapy and Aromapoint Therapy use the plant's vital energy to target a specific response.
We consider the chemical makeup of the oil, dosage amount, carrier method and cautions and contraindications. The oils support and enhance a treatment by working on the limbic system and affecting both emotional and physiological responses.
Read more about combining Acupuncture with Therapeutic Essential Oils here.
Traditionally also known as 'skin scraping therapy', gua sha involves rubbing a smooth edged instrument along the skin's surface to improve circulation. In modern research gua sha has been shown to offer significant immune and anti-inflammatory benefits. When the goal is relief from muscle tension on the body, gua sha may result in pink, red or even purple dots on the skin that fade in 1-3 days.
In facial gua sha, the treatment is very gentle and does not product this type of colour. Gua sha facial massage focuses on moving lymph fluid under the skin, increasing blood and oxygen circulation and allowing for a 'detoxification' effect to occur.
Mind Body Medicine
A combination of visualization, breath techniques and meditation is a powerful method of reducing stress and allowing change to happen at a deeper level. We teach you easy to do methods, that include utilizing imagination and relaxation techniques that will calm your mind and trigger the body's innate healing response.