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+ ACUPUNCTURE

Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient principles dating back over two thousand years. It involves insertion of sterilised very fine needles into appropriate acupuncture points in the body stimulating the meridians to move obstruction, promote circulation, reduce excess and deficiency. It also involves various other technics such as cupping, moxa, electro-acupuncture, guasha and massage.

Esther Wiget

Jane Melling

Available Monday, Thursday and Sunday

75 mins Initial Consultation and Treatment

60 and 90 mins

+ ACUPRESSURE

This is a unique head massage using subtle manipulations along the acupuncture meridians on the head, neck and shoulder. It employs various traditional techniques including acupressure and guasha. The aim is to obtain a free flow of Qi and Blood circulation through stimulations. It is perfect for all kinds of headaches with neck and shoulder issues

Jane Melling

Available Monday and Thursday

60 and 90 mins

+ CUPPING

Cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses glass cups as suction devices that are placed on the skin. A small flame creates the suction in the cups.

Once the suction has occurred, the cups can be gently moved across the skin called "sliding cupping. The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage - rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation. Cupping can be used alone or combined with acupuncture or Tui Na in one treatment.

The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and calm the nervous system. Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite.

Esther Wiget

Available Monday and Sunday

30, 45 and 60 mins

Jane Melling

Available upon request

60 mins

+ GUASHA

Guasha - Traditional medicine for pain, inflammation and immune support.

Guasha is an important hands-on medical treatment that has been used throughout Asia for centuries. Gua means ‘to rub’ or ‘press stroke. Sha is a term that describes the blood congestion in surface tissue in areas where the patient may experience stiffness and pain.

When Gua press-stroking is applied in repeated even strokes, sha appears as small red dots called ‘petechiae’ and the pain immediately shifts. In minutes the small red dots fade into blended reddishness. The sha disappears totally in two to three days after treatment. The colour of sha and rate of fading can indicate important information about a patient’s condition.

The benefits of Gua sha are numerous. It resolves spasms and pain, promotes normal circulation to the muscles, tissues and organs, reduces inflammation and stimulates the immune system. The patient experiences immediate changes in stiffness and pain with increased mobility.

Because Gua sha mimics sweating, it can help to resolve fever. Gua sha cools the patient who feels too warm, warms the patient who feels too cold, while relaxing tension and reducing anxiety. Gua sha canoe used for any illness or condition where there is pain or discomfort, for upper respiratory and digestive problems, any condition where touch palpation indicates there is sha.

After treatment the patient is advised to keep the area protected from wind, cold and direct sun until the sha fades. They are also encouraged to drink plenty of water, no alcohol and eat moderately.

Esther Wiget

Available Monday and Sunday

30 and 45 mins

+ MOXIBUSTION

Moxibustion is often used in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance the effect of the treatment. The dried herb, Mugwort, is used to gently and safely warm the body, relax muscles and supplement qi. Moxa feels warming, comforting and relaxing.

Moxibustion may be useful for turning babies from breech presentation (bottom first) to cephalic presentation (head first) for labour when used with either acupuncture or postural techniques of knee to chest or lifting buttocks while lying on the side. A Moxa stick is used to heat specific acupuncture points on your little toes. The heat is absorbed into the points and transferred via the meridians, triggering hormone changes which relax the muscles in your uterus to allow extra “give”, and increasing your baby’s activity, encouraging him to turn. Due to the positive outcome of extensive research, midwives recommend trying Moxubistion prior to a more invasive treatement for breech presentations.

Esther Wiget

Available Monday and Sunday

30 and 45 mins

+ TUINA MASSAGE

TuiNa is one of four main branches of Chinese medicine; its sister therapies are acupuncture, herbal medicine and Qi Gong. TuiNa has been used for over 4000 years in China to treat illnesses and to maintain health.

TuiNa uses a wide range of massage techniques from rolling and pressing, to shaking, grasping and vibrating. These techniques can be applied as powerful physical techniques or used very gently and subtly. The techniques are used to stimulate the points and channels of the meridian system, and the soft tissues, sinews and organs.

TuiNa can be used alongside acupuncture treatment or as an alternative to acupuncture for people who are fearful of needles. Tui na treatment can be very dynamic and moving or very subtle, gentle and relaxing depending on the individual's needs. It is used to treat a variety of conditions ranging from musculoskeletal issues such as back pain or neck tension to anxiety, digestive disturbances, insomnia, stress relief and general well-being. It is also perfect as a gentle and relaxing massage technique for stress release.

TuiNa massage can be very relaxing, it is particularly useful to relieve anxiety and stress, promote relaxation and aid sleep.

Treatment is applied either over loose clothing and a Tui na cloth, or directly onto the skin if an external herbal media is to be applied. TuiNa includes Cupping, Guasha and Moxa when appropriate.

Esther Wiget

Available Monday and Sunday

75 and 90 mins (includes 15 min consultation)