Our oriental therapy treatments may be incorporated into your Shiatsu massage to assist with your wellbeing and will be discussed during the consultation at the start of your Shiatsu treatment. These treatments are also available individually. Please make an enquiry to determine the most appropriate treatment for your ailment.
Dry needling involves inserting a fine, flexible and sterile acupuncture needle into a trigger point. This practice is typically used to treat the pain associated with injuries. A trigger point is a tender spot in a tight band of muscle which causes pain when pressed or squeezed. Dry needling helps to release shortened bands of muscle caused by abnormal functioning of the nervous system. An increase in pain for one to three days may be experienced following the treatment and improvements are then expected.
Cupping is a ancient technique that is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is useful in drawing out deep seated pathogens and stagnant blood and QI (energy). Cupping is performed by introducing heat inside a glass cup to create a vacuum. The cup is then applied to the body and the suction created brings the pathogens or stagnant blood to the surface of the body enabling it disperse effectively. Following a cupping treatment painless circular marks may be visible and will disappear after a few days.
Gua Sha is known to alleviate the invasion of particular pathogens such as wind chill, and move stagnant qi. Gau Shau means to scrape away pathogens as such this treatment involves applying a smear of oil to the treatment area and then using a smooth edged instrument to gently scrap the area - bringing any pathogens to the surface of the skin. Small painless red dots may appear after treatment, but will subside after a few days. Gau Sha is often used to assist with locked or stiff necks, back stiffness and pain.
Moxibustion is the practice of burning a prepared dried herb called mugwort to facilitate healing. It is a very relaxing and soothing treatment where the glowing ember from a moxa stick is held closely over acu points or area requiring treatment. It can assist in tonifying an area of deficiency; relieve stiff and painful muscles and joints and the promote healthy tissue repair. Moxa is known as a Yang therapy that is very useful to tonify an area of deficiency, as well as relieving stiffness and pain of muscles and joints and the promotion of healthy tissue repair.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbs
Traditional Chinese medicine herbal formulas have been used for thousands of years to treat illness and maintain health. Modern society now recognises the remedial properties of traditional Chinese medicine herbs in alleviating illness and balancing the human body. and internal organ function. The herbal formulas that may be prescribed are well known brands and come in easy to take pills or powders. When prescribing herbs we adopt eastern traditional medical philosophy of treating the body as a whole