Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years as one of the main tenants of Eastern Medicine. It consists of the insertion of sterile, single-use, medical grade needles into specific points on the body that help promote circulation, treat injuries or disorders, relax muscles, strengthen the organs, and alleviate stress. It does this by connecting and unblocking energetic circulation, or qi, through the various meridians of the body. More information can be found in the FAQ section.
There are five main modalities that patients may experience under my care. Most often, I combine two or more of these modalities within a single treatment.
Chinese Acupressure (Tui Na)
Following the same theory of acupuncture, Chinese acupressure uses hand techniques, joint rotations, and myofascial stretching rather than needles to treat the body. Traditionally, Chinese acupressure was applied to a patient before acupuncture in order to restore alignments in the musculoskeletal body and activate circulation in the meridians. For those who are seeking to incorporate Chinese medicine, but are averse to acupuncture, Chinese acupressure is a great offering.
Chinese Herbal Consultation and Prescription
Chinese herbalism is an incredible tool to facilitate transformation in the body. It can both complement and enhance acupuncture as a single modality, and on occasion can even treat certain conditions more effectively. Herbalism is another effective substitute for those who are averse to acupuncture. Paul sources his Chinese herbs from suppliers that adhere to the highest quality control practices and guarantee the integrity of their products. See the FAQ section for more info.
Craniosacral is a light-touch therapy that promotes the activation of the parasympathetic response (rest and digest system) of the nervous system. The therapy helps patients to relax on the deepest level to release areas of tension, promote circulation in all systems of the body, and bolster the body's innate healing ability. Emotional release, memory recall, and sleeping are often experienced by patients during a treatment. Craniosacral therapy integrates well with acupuncture and provides the patient with a more comprehensive treatment.
Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) is the practice of gentle longevity exercises that train a person to sync physical movement with proper breathing techniques. Fundamentally, qigong is designed to promote relaxation, circulation, strength and balance, and calm the body. Qigong can have a profound positive effect on the body when practiced daily. Of the many systems of qigong, Paul teaches Five Element Qigong and Wang Ji Wu exercises.
Cupping, also known as myofascial decompression, is a technique that helps release tension in the muscles while also promoting cardiovascular circulation. The technique is performed by heating air within a specially designed glass cup then placing the cup quickly on the skin. As the air within the cup cools rapidly, it creates suction. This suction exerts a negative pressure on the muscles and fascia, as opposed to positive pressure performed with massage techniques. The negative pressure allows for greater mobility within the tissues and has an overall therapeutic effect. It is often the case that cupping will leave bruising on the skin that can last anywhere from 5-10 days.