Description of Therapies

Additional Information

Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. Originating in ancient China, it is the oldest continuously practiced medical system in the world. Over the past 2000 years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other modalities combined.


Modern research has given us insight as to the mechanics of the Acupuncture points and meridians, even if we still can’t measure Qi (chi) directly. We learn in High School Science classes that we are electrical beings; that there are positive and negative ions in every cell and tissue of the human body and these ions create an action potential that is necessary for every chemical reaction our bodies will ever make. These low-voltage micro-frequencies created by the exchange of positive and negative ions are responsible for cellular communication, nerve conduction and hormonal regulation of the endocrine system. The nerve receptors tell the endocrine system what to do. The endocrine system is responsible for releasing the proper hormones or chemical substances that regulate body functions. In the human body, there is not a space more than a millimeter that does not have a nerve ending. The acupuncture points run the course of these nerve vessels, and can be used to detect a problem in the electrical system and redirect the flow using pressure, or more effectively, an acupuncture needle.
 

Many factors, physical as well as mental, emotional and spiritual, can create a jamming of the electrical flow, like a kink in a hose, disrupting the endocrine system and chemical signaling. Stimulating the acupuncture-acupressure points tells the body how to operate more efficiently. The points may also "talk" to us. A skilled practitioner will share the significance of the points needed to regulate health and in that session help the client receive information from the area that is sore, numb or congested. The practitioner will point out the significant associations, and then help the client have a direct experience. When we have more awareness of the issues associated with the points and areas of our pain and dis-ease, we have a better chance of transforming the issues that may be blocking us from realizing our full potential. Taking the time to really listen is a large component of this incredibly elegant system of healing. To accommodate this important aspect, my sessions tend to be longer than most acupuncture appointments. I find that 2 hour sessions are more appropriate and prices reflect the time and attention to detail, while providing a big bang for the buck.

  • The medical model of Five Element Classical Acupuncture follows natural laws, which describe the flow, patterns and directions of life energy in nature and in the body. This life energy, called ch’i (qi), courses through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues, as well as the emotional and mental functions. When the qi in the body is full and flowing, health is promoted. When there is an obstruction or deficiency in the qi, illness can begin. Needling the acupuncture points can influence the channels to reestablish the movement of qi and improve functioning of all the systems.

Acupuncture Needles -are sterile, disposable needles that are very slender, barely beyond the thickness of a human hair. The needles are used to stimulate the acupuncture points. 

Biological Medicine - incorporates both conventional and alternative medical practices to stimulate, balance and restore one's own healing mechanisms.  It's a unique holistic form of medicine founded in Germany in the 1950's that involves superior and highly innovative instrumentation. Assessment and treatment often involves combining biological sciences with ancient therapies such as Chinese medicine, Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Pleomorphism and European traditions of natural and anthroposophical medicine.                 

http://www.biologicalmedicine.com/  More on Pleomorphism with you tube video on bottom of page.

Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy (here we use the iMRS, the most popular world wide, with 14 years of research).

See links for more information on the latest therapy that Dr. Oz says is changing the way we practice medicine.

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/pulsed-electromagnetic-fields-how-they-heal 

http://www.doctoroz.com/article/ask-your-doctor-about-pulsed-electromagnetic-field-therapy

Body Work - a term used in alternative medicine or complementary medicine to describe any therapeutic, healing or personal development work which involves some form of touching, energetic work or the physical manipulation of a rational and practically oriented physical and somatic (see somatics) understanding of the body. (Wikipedia)

Cold laser of remedies tested through ART (more below). Quite often messaging and communication is disrupted in the body due to various stresses. Sometimes all we need is the information supplied through lasering the frequency to improve the functioning of a system or nutrient. 

coreSomatics - is a psychophysical modality that integrates movement/bodywork (Feldenkrais and Alexander techniques), depth psychology, ritual and ceremony, as well as the expressive arts.

Cupping -  is a method of applying acupressure by creating a vacuum next to the patient's skin to remove blood stagnation in organs and tissues and improve circulation. 

Gua Sha -  is a healing technique involving  palpation and cutaneous stimulation where the skin is pressured, in strokes, by a round-edged instrument; that results in the appearance of small red petechiae called 'sha', that will fade in 2 to 3 days. (www.guasha.com) Both cupping and gua sha are used as a diagnostice and therapeutic technique to remove stagnation from the tissues, including lactic acid and other toxins. This release allows more oxygen to enter the cells and increases circulation. 

Electroporation - is a transdermal delivery system, first developed for cellular gene transfer, drug infusion and cancer research. A pulsed frequency of low amplitute, alternating current in a square wave is used to create an alteration of the cell membrane potential to open channels in the phospholipid bilayer of the cell membrane. This causes the formation of aquaporins or water channels to open momentarily, enabling substances to enter the cells. The cells return to a normal state once the impulse discharge is stopped. We use highly effective natural ingredients infused directly into the cells for pain relief or facial and neck/decolletage rejuvenation, lymph and sinus drainage. This needleless therapy is painfree and extremely effective.

Heavy Metals Detox, especially of mercury and lead, is a complicated process best done slowly for safety and thoroughness. Refer to Intestinal Metals Detox Directions on Article page or for more details click on link to Heavy Metals page:


PEMF Therapy

Video with Dr. Oz on Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy

Auricular Medicine

Additional Information

Auricular Acupuncture is Western Medicine. It was discovered and developed by Dr. Paul Nogier of France during the 1950s to 1980s. He discovered that the ear tells the story of what is happening in the whole human system at any point in time! The ear is a window to the brain. It is precise map that can be used for evaluation and treatment because it is a microsystem projection of the brain that is visible and accessible. Even conditions related to internal scars, or the central nervous system, conditions that would otherwise demand invasive procedures, are available here for assessment and treatment.


It wasn't until I found the German Auricular method and the Canadian Institute of Auricular Medicine, that I realized the depth of healing that the ear contains could be systematically understood and applied. I am very excited with this addition to my practice the last two years, and I will continue to study and explore its applications.



The Ear is a microsystem of the human body in the shape of a fetus. Scroll down for more info.

The Ear is a microsystem of the human body in the shape of a fetus. Scroll down for more info.

More Therapies

Kinesiology (Muscle Testing and Autonomic Response Testing (ART)

Kinesiological Muscle Testing and Autonomic Response Testing (ART) -

• Kinesiology: – n. The study of muscles and their movement, especially as applied to physical conditioning. {Gk. Kinesis = movement (kinein = to move ) + Engl. logy = doctrine, study or science.}

• The study of Kinesiology was developed in the sixties by Dr. George Goodheart, a chiropractor, who pioneered a specialty he called Applied Kinesiology after finding that benign psychical stimuli – for example, beneficial nutritional supplements – would increase the strength of certain indicator muscles, whereas hostile stimuli would cause those muscles to suddenly weaken. The implication was that at the unconscious level the body “knew,” and through muscle testing was able to signal, what was good and bad for it. The classic example was a universally observed weakening of an indicator muscle in the presence of a chemical sweetener; the same muscle strengthened in the presence of a healthy natural supplement.

• In the late ‘70s, Dr. John Diamond refined this specialty into a new discipline he called Behavioral Kinesiology. Dr. Diamond’s startling discovery was that indicator muscles would strengthen or weaken in the presence of positive or negative emotional and intellectual stimuli, the sound of music or a voice, or physical stimuli. A smile would make your muscles test strong, while the statement “I despise you” would make you test weak.

• Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt further developed this testing system, making it a part of his diagnostic/treatment methods of Applied Psycho-Neurobiology and Autonomic Response Testing. He theorized that muscle response is mediated by the autonomic nervous system. 

• Although superficial testing looks easy to do, it is extraordinarily sensitive and can be easily misused and misinterpreted.

• Kinesiological testing requires an honesty and maturity on the part of the tester, because intent to get a particular result can change the result of a test.

• Multiple conditions in the patient, such as emotional stress, scars, toxins, allergies and energetic imbalance can also change the results of the test. Dr. Klinghardt has developed a comprehensive way to approach the testing, making it a reliable and revealing diagnostic tool. Dr. Philips shows how it works. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQkR4y757co

MASSAGE -  the treatment and practice of manipulation of the soft body tissues with physical, functional, i.e. mechanical, medical/therapeutic, and in some cases psychological purposes and goals. (Wikipedia)

Thai Massage - Thai massage is more energizing and rigorous than more classic forms of massage. Thai massage is also called Thai yoga massage, because the therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches. Many people say Thai massage is like doing yoga without any work.Muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure are also used during treatment. (http://altmedicine.about.com/od/treatmentsmtoq/a/Thai_Massage.htm)

Tui Na - is the name given to Traditional Chinese Massage. Tui Na translates as “push pull” and incorporates a variety of hand techniques and passive and active stretching to restore harmony between muscle and bone and nerve, restore the circulation of qi and blood and remove biochemical irritants.

You Tube by Doug Phillips on Autonomic Response Testing. Click to find out more.

You Tube by Doug Phillips on Autonomic Response Testing. Click to find out more.

The Musculoskeletal Points on the Ear

Breathe Move Expand!

Nutrition and Movement Therapy


Chinese and Western Herbalism - Herbalism is a traditional medicinal or folk medicine practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts. Herbalism is also known as botanical medicine, medicinal botany,[citation needed] medical herbalism, herbal medicine, herbology, and phytotherapy. Sometimes the scope of herbal medicine is extended to include fungi and bee products, as well as minerals, shells and certain animal parts. Many plants synthesize substances that are useful to the maintenance of health in humans and other animals. These include aromatic substances, most of which are phenols or their oxygen-substituted derivatives such as tannins.


MOVEMENT THERAPY - 

Continuum - Continuum’s movements are designed specifically to enhance the undulating spirals and circularity of the fluid system. Sound and breath are used as well as movement.               (www.continuummovement.com)

Qi Gong -  pronounced “chee gong” -  a practice involving movement and regulated breathing which is designed to be therapeutic. (Wikipedia) It has more intention and early awareness than T’ai Chi and tends to be more stationary.

Tai Chi – prounced ‘tie chee” - T'ai Chi is a gentle series of relaxing motions that cleanse the body's tissue of accumulated stress and, by doing so, boosts all aspects of our health systems. According to emerging research boosting the immune system’s strength dramatically, while reducing the incidence of depression, anxiety, and even reducing chronic pain conditions, are just a few of T’ai Chi’s myriad benefits.

• What makes ancient T’ai Chi the perfect modern balm is that it doesn't require special facilities or clothing, and doesn't even make you break a sweat, meaning you can do it in office attire in an empty boardroom just by kicking off your heels. Yet, it provides the same euphoria of a long run, the cardiovascular benefit of moderate impact aerobics, and burns nearly as many calories as downhill skiing.  More info on Tai Chi page.
Bill Douglas at http://www.worldtaichiday.org 

S.M.I.L.E.S. Qi Gong – is a special form of QI Gong developed by Christine Simmons from her thrity year experience of moving meditations. She developed a sound and movement therapy called S.M.I.L.E.S., which is an acronym for simple methods inviting loving energy systems (and the evolutionary self). These movements and sounds harness, stimulate and enhance the true ch’i of the self and help transform emotions from their often limiting patterns into their most useful and loving actions and virtues. 


  • Breathing Tips

Over extending the abdomen while inhaling is a common mistake made when first starting to do yogic breathing. Most of us are already collapsing in the middle, often with ribs protruding in front and this posture creates a forward thrust in life that pulls us out of the moment, always trying to anticipate the future and this leads to worry. Add on shallow breathing that puts too much pressure on the vagus nerve and we get stuck in a sympathetic fight or flight. With a huge extension of the belly outward while inhaling, the lower back and sacrum arch and the muscles shorten and tighten creating tension in the back and sides, which only exacerbates the problem. This prevents the diaphragm from contracting downward along the back and sides on the inhale. This leads to the breath only filling the front part of the lungs. The lungs and diaphragm are in the back as well. In order to keep the back and sides from shortening, the area just above the pubic bone is slightly contracted which allows the low back to drop and coccyx to move towards the pubic bone. If standing, this posture would cause the knees to bend slightly. It is very grounding. It is a slight lock that allows the pelvic diaphragm to engage as well, and the spine to lengthen and lift. The expansion of the abdomen is then more complete for we are expanding the sides and back as well, and the diaphragm evenly contracts down and the breath fills a far greater volume of the lungs. And the chest naturally opens and the shoulders drop. On the exhale, when the diaphragm relaxes and goes back up, the ribs can compress evenly back in to keep a balance between O2 and Co2, preventing any dizziness. 

.http://www.yoga-age.com/asanas/bandhas.html This link has a good description of the bandhas or locks of the muscles located at the diaphragms." Normally the sacrum follows the movement of the pelvis, but in mulabandha the tailbone actually is moved in trans-integrity toward the pubic bone (as the pubic bone moves toward the tailbone, the tailbone and sacrum moves toward the pubic bone attempting to meet it) at the perineal space. Thus one may say that the sacral/coccygeal complex drops down away from the lumbar toward the pubic bone, creating a narrowing of the space at the perineum between the tailbone and pubic bone in a healthy dynamic energy vortex. This movement affects both the pelvic diaphragm and the uro-genital diaphragm."

It goes on to describe this dynamic with hip flexion and extension. This is a great explanation! Very informative.

S.M.I.L.E.S. Movement Therapy and Auricular Medicine

Breathe. Move. Expand.

Most of our activities in daily life cause us to contract and constrict the muscles. tendons and ligaments, which become fixed and rigid, in the body and brain. It is important to change the brain patterns, and release the pain memory, to get a full release of the pain and healing of the tissue.

We need to have flexible brains to have flexible bodies.

There are many Auricular (ear) points for releasing pain syndromes. The ear has many cranial nerves that innervate specific parts of the brain. Here is a chart of the muscular skeletal points for reference. The motor nerves signaling pain cross through the Thalamus to the Cerebral Cortex, where the sensation is processed and perceived as pain. It then sends a message down through the Thalamus through the motor nerve pathways to the painful area saying, be careful, constrict and protect that area. We contract around the pain. Often the source of the pain is gone but we still experience the pain due to these recordings in the nerve pathways. The Thalamus point lies in the lower inner concha behind and slightly lower than the occiput point at the rise of the cartilage . Feel around in there, at the corner of the wall for the most tender point. Press ten times 3-4 times a day to dissolve those locked in memories and traumas, using the Thalamus, and ten presses 3-4 x on the associated point of pain on the ear.

Other things that constrict our muscles besides injuries are: most sports, physical labor, sitting at computers and desks, emotional pain, worry, anxiety, depression. 

This video shows how to release the pelvis and hips through expansive movements while strengthening the core. Building flexibility and endurance, and increasing our capacity for joy and wisdom.