Acupuncture: We offer Chinese and Japanese style acupuncture to treat a variety of conditions. The needles are very fine, sterile stainless steel, inserted on specific points to enhance your body's natural healing response. Don't like needles? Michele has specialized in non-insertive japanese acupuncture techniques utilizing a teishin (a silver tool pressed to an acupuncture point as shown on the baby's foot below) or magnets taped to the acupuncture points. Yes you can have the benefits of acupuncture without being needled!
Shiatsu: Japanese for "finger pressure", shiatsu uses finger and palm pressure as well as gentle stretching along the same meridians used in acupuncture to harmonize energy flow in the body, loosen tight muscles, and promote well being. Studies show clients receiving shiatsu reported improvements in symptom severity and changes in their health-related behaviour that they attributed to their treatment, click here to read the study. Shiatsu is performed on a mat, fully clothed and is suitable for children and adults.
Chinese Herbal Medicine: Chinese herbal medicine has been used in China for thousands of years, and is an important component of Traditional Chinese medicine as practiced today in China. Your herbal consultation will include a thorough intake and discussion of your health goals, and herbs can be prescribed in either raw form to be cooked into tea, granulated extract powders, or in pill form. Michele is the recipient of the 2013 Mayway master's scholarship, read her essay about the efficacy and availability of chinese herbs here.
Pediatric Acupuncture: Japanese style pediatric acupuncture, shonihari, is used on children from newborn to about 12 years old, and is a non-insertive technique. Children receive light touch diagnosis, and special non-insertive tools are used to gently massage the skin or touch points. Children find this treatment quite pleasant, and the shoni-hari method is highly regarded in Japan as effective treatment and preventative medicine
Thai Massage: Traditional Thai massage is a combination of acupressure and yoga-like stretching techniques that uses the therapist’s fingers, thumbs, elbows, arms and feet on the body’s muscles, pressure points and energy lines (“Sen”) to clear energy blockages and balance the body’s energy. Aubrey has completed a 4 day intensive in traditional thai massage with Mukti, and travelled to Chiang Mai to further his studies. Thai massage is performed on a mat, please wear comfortable clothing that allows for movement.
La Stone Therapy: Aubrey competed a 4 day intensive with Jill Dew, instructor of Original Body La Stone Therapy in 1999. The physiological benefits of alternating hot and cold to the body have long been scientifically and medically proven, aiding circulation and promoting healing. LaStone Therapy capitalizes on these traditional practices with a current approach, integrating hot and cold stones into a relaxing massage. 80 minutes, $120.
Reiki is a method of healing touch focusing and transmitting energy through the hands. The word “Reiki” is a combination of 2 Japanese words rei and ki, together meaning universal life force energy. Reiki is a gentle and non-invasive healing modality, which is complementary to all other forms of medical treatment, it is done with the recipient fully clothed and the practitioner uses standard hand positions on the head, limbs, torso, and back as needed, which is felt by the recipient as warmth, tingling, and relaxation. Reiki can be a stand alone treatment, or incorporated into an acupuncture or shiatsu session. Reiki classes are also available, ask Michele for details.