Acupressure, Manual Therapies, Trigger Point, Hot Stone (integrated with Acupuncture)
Acupuncture is the primary therapy; I do not offer “acupressure/massage only.” Acupuncture combined with acupressure and manual therapies achieve incredibly personalized and effective physical therapy. Manual techniques use natural warmth, pressure and movement to soften collagen fibers, reduce fascial densification and fibrosis and enhance circulation and nourishment to muscles, tendons and ligaments. Quality arnica and essential oils warm and penetrate skin and enhance moisture and flexibility.
Trigger point manipulation works with the nervous system in an extraordinarily customized way to resolve “muscle knots.” When we find a knot, I press to activate the tenderness of the point and hold for 7-12 seconds. Within this time frame, the nervous system often magically releases the contraction of muscle fibers. It can be an important technique for unraveling the knots and tangles of the nervous system. By only pressing for short periods of time, the area of tissue is not traumatized and can transition into healing more easily.
Hot stones warm, blend and relax body tissues. Cupping adds another valuable dimension of lymphatic movement and circulation. Integrative manual therapies ease muscle tension, stimulate the immune system, invigorate energy and blood flow through the muscles and help balance the physical energy of the body. Manual therapies are adjuncts to acupuncture, and last 10-15 minutes.