Treatment Modalities & Adjunct Therapies:
The goal of Acupressure Shiatsu treatment is to balance the body's energetic system, mind, body and spirit. In addition to Acupressure, Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment modalities include dietary suggestions, cupping, gwa sha, magnets, moxabustion and auriculortherapy. Below are brief descriptions of each of various treatment modalities I use.
Dietary Suggestions: Traditional Chinese Medicine considers the food we eat to be primary in health and wellbeing. There are different modalities such as the Five Element model that factors in our health and the seasons. I personally follow the Specific Carbohydrate Diet since 2002 and have found it to be helpful for people struggling with digestive disorders such as IBS, IBD as well as forms of Autism where absorption and mal-absorption of nutrients directly impact mental, emotional and physical health.
Cupping & Gwa Sha: An ancient Chinese system of deep tissue massage that uses cupping (suction) or gwa sha (the use of a small tool to rub or stroke the skin with liniment) to promote blood, lymph and energy circulation. These techniques are often used in patients with immune issues by releasing toxins, as well as for relieving pain by alleviating muscle tension.
Herbal plasters, oils and liniments: Plasters, oils and liniments are applied to the affected area to treat the effects of trauma and relieve musculoskeletal pain, stiffness, soreness or swelling.
Magnet Therapy: Magnets are applied to specific acupoints to treat illness and relieve musculoskeletal pain, stiffness, soreness or swelling.
Auriculotherapy (Pressballs): The ear is said to represent the whole anatomical body, and Auriculotherapy is a system of ear reflex points that are stimulated to alleviate health conditions in corresponding parts of the body. To enhance the effects of your treatment small stainless-steel balls, seeds or magnets may be adhered to specific points in your ears.
Moxabustion: The burning of the herb Artemesa vulgaris (mugwart) is used in various ways to apply heat to specific acupoints. Moxabustion is especially useful for chronic conditions, for building energy in situations of prolonged fatigue, and to dispel cold or damp conditions. It is also widely used to turn breached babies.