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APPROACH TO TREATMENTS & HOW I WORK

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture

In the first acupuncture session, Christina will take an in-depth history on your general health, medical history, and lifestyle, in order to form a complete diagnostic picture of your health.  This involves asking questions about your current symptoms, as well as such things as, your sleeping pattern, appetite, and your general well being.  Christina will also take your pulses and look at your tongue.  A treatment plan is then tailored to each individual, based on their symptoms.  The treatment plan is individual to you, and designed to restore health and wellbeing, as well as treating your symptoms.  As the condition being treated improves, you may start to notice an increased feeling of wellbeing.

You will also receive a preliminary treatment in the first session, following the initial consulation. The first session lasts approximately 1-2 hours, with follow-up treatments typically lasting up to one hour.

Facial Acupuncture

Facial Acupuncture, is a totally natural, and holistic anti-ageing treatment that aims to improve facial complexion, and muscle tone on the face.  When acupuncture needles are inserted into the face, this causes tiny micro-traumas in the skin's surface, resulting in the skin's self-repair process producing an increase in collagen and blood flow to the area,  giving an increased glow to the complexion.

A facial acupuncture session begins by inserting acupuncture needles into specific points on the hands and feet, used for their calming and energy giving properties.  This is then followed by a facial cleanse before the insertion of acupuncture needles in the face.  After the needles have been removed, the treatment continues with a facial massage using a guasha tool to increase blood flow to the skin, and a jade roller (used for its cooling effect on the skin).  The treatment finishes with the application of a facial serum, and face cream.

Facial Acupuncture is an organic process that is cumulative in nature, and consequently it works more effecitively in a series of sessions.  Following the initial course of treatment, maintenance sessions can prolong the results of treatment.

Additional Treatments

Other treatments that may be used in conjunction with Acupuncture, or as a beneficial treatment used on their own are:

Electro-Acupuncture:

Electro-acupuncture involves running a small electric current between two acupuncture needles.  This helps to improve blood flow to the area, stimulating points to release blockages, and is very effective in treating muscular-skeletal pain.


Moxibustion:

A traditional Chinese medicine therapy where heat is applied to an acupuncture point by using a dried herb, moxa, to warm the body, relax muscles, and strengthen qi.  Moxa is often used in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance the effect of the treatment.

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Tuina:

Chinese therapeutic massage which is done over clothing to move energy in the meridians, and stimulate the flow of qi.

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Cupping:

Specialised glass or plastic cups with a vacuum seal are placed on the skin to clear stagnant qi, and stimulate the flow of blood.  As the cups draw congested fluids and toxins to the the skin surface, thereis often a discoloration in the skin that looks like a rash, or possibly a bruise.  This is a normal part of the process of clearing stagnant qi in the muscles, and it typically fades in a few days.

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Guasha:

Is a traditional healing technique which has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine.  Guasha uses a smooth, round edged tool over lubricated skin to firmly stroke areas of soreness in the body.  This helps to break up congestion in the muscles and tendons, helping to increase blood flow to the area, and clear stagnant qi.

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