Acupuncture is a 2,000 year-old medical practice. Over time, Asian medicine has developed and refined into the therapeutic practice we are familiar with today. During a treatment, needles as fine as a human hair are inserted in specific points on the body. Treatments are usually painless and comfortable. Most patients report feelings of relaxation and well-being. All needles are pre-sterilized, individually wrapped, and disposable. Other traditional Chinese medicine techniques include warming points with mugwort (called moxabustion), using suction cups to bring circulation to an area or relieve congestion (cupping), and applying electricity to the needles. Kate also practices Tuina, a form of bodywork that involves different massage techniques to relieve imbalances.
The National Institutes of Health recognizes that acupuncture is effective in treating pain associated with any of these disorders:
• Respiratory disorders
• Psychological and emotional problems
• Gynecological and urogenital disorders, PMS
• Stress-related disorders
Acutonics® is a needle-free therapy that uses traditional Chinese meridian theory combined with applying sound to the body. Instead of needles being inserted in acupuncture points, sound waves are applied through tuning forks or other instruments. This can be especially useful in treating children, the elderly, or needle-sensitive patients. Most people find the sound highly relaxing and soothing. Sound can put the brain in a deeply relaxed theta state which has anti-inflammatory and bio-regulating effects.