Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a multi-faceted system of healing encompassing Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, exercise and dietary therapy. This sophisticated form of healing, which has evolved over thousands of years, is based on fundamental concepts including
Ying and Yang is a philosophy that describes the universe and everything in it, including our bodies, in terms of two opposing forces, perpetually aiming for balance.
Wood, fire, earth, metal and water, relating elements of the natural world with other core components of our lives such as the seasons, our emotions, tastes, and parts of the body.
In TCM, it is believed that nature has an effect upon health and that it is important to find and maintain equilibrium to preserve good health. Overall, an imbalance (deficiency or excess) in yin and/or yang leads to ill health. Finding patterns of this imbalance, instead of focusing on the disease, leads the practitioner to a diagnosis; along with reading the pulse and tongue.
Energy within our bodies called ‘qi’ flows along specific channels or ‘meridians’ and this constant flow of vital energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced, as they are manifestations of qi. It is this proper flow of energy that an acupuncturist aims to establish; ultimately improving the body’s functions and encouraging self-healing. To achieve this, very fine, flexible needles are placed and gently manipulated along these meridians
Is a therapeutic and preventative therapy often addressing:
Overall, it is useful for decreasing inflammation, chronic pain and balancing hormones. It improves the body’s stress response and aims to balance the spirit, body and mind – addressing the person as a whole.
This technique focuses on the rejuvenation of the face. It stimulates microcirculation and promotes oxygenation to the local tissues; thereby energising, repairing and addressing all signs of skin concerns.
Is considered a specialisation of traditional Chinese massage that focuses on the feet and hands. Its basis is that pressure points in these areas correspond with internal organs and various tissues around the body. Stimulation of these points provokes a beneficial response – via the nervous system – of the corresponding organs.