Experienced Traditional Medical Therapists
The best professional traditional medical therapies are just a few clicks away! We make it easy to schedule appointments with professionally licensed traditional medical therapists seven days a week, at your home or office, or at a therapist’s private clinic.
There are so many kinds of traditional medicine. Our extensive screening process insures that your therapist can provide measurable relief through outcome based therapeutic treatments. If you’re not sure of the best treatment for you, please take a moment to complete some of our quizzes and questionnaires. This will help us tremendously in recommending a therapy that is most likely to work.
Traditional Medical Therapy is committed to total professionalism from start to finish. We believe that traditional medicine is a stepping-stone to your better health, and shouldn’t have to be an expensive, ongoing treatment protocol. Our goal is to connect you with a therapist who understands how to help you immediately, and can provide measurable results in as few treatments as possible, ideally just one! That way you can get on with your life and simply call us for wellness massage when you feel like it, and not because you’re suffering. You’ll save time, and most importantly money when your therapist can fix your health issue quickly. Of course many chronic, degenerative conditions are not so easily cured, and multiple sessions may be necessary. If so, many therapists offer lower rates for bulk treatment packages.
If this is your first visit, please create a free account to help us find a medical therapy or therapist for your unique needs. Then familiarize yourself with our services and complete a couple of quizzes and questionnaires. These help us identify special therapies you may require, and how much experience you have with traditional, alternative, and complementary medicine.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_toggle title=”Thai Massage” el_id=”1441410416149-eacc7713-07fb”]There are four branches of traditional medicine in Thailand. They are: herbs, nutrition, spiritual practices, and manual medicine. A native of India, Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, was the main physician to Buddha more than 2,500 years ago and probably developed Thai manual medicine, or massage. Traditional Thai medicine represents an interweaving of ancient Indian and Chinese medical practices and philosophies. Practitioners of the traditional Thai medicine utilize slow, rhythmic presses and deep compressions designed to tonify the body and mind, and eliminate metabolic waste. Slow, Yoga-like, controlled assisted stretching helps to maximize the body’s response and move energy effectively through the body. Because of these techniques, Thai medicine is generally performed on a massage table or on the floor, but cannot be accomplished effectively using a massage chair.
Very recently, there has been much more interest and acceptance by the Thai people of their traditional indigenous medicine, partly because of the increased awareness of traditional Thai medicine by other countries, but especially here in the USA. Thai massage is an excellent way to become familiar with traditional medical therapies in general because of its low impact and many varied techniques.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Rolfing” el_id=”1441410496273-e2b38568-054d”]Ida Pauline Rolf earned her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in 1920. Despite the heavy resistance she faced as a woman in the field of science, she furthered her knowledge of the body through research in organic chemistry at the Rockefeller Institute. Having studied many forms of traditional, as well as modern medicine, she eventually concluded that the body functions best when the bones are in alignment with the pervasive forces of gravity. Dr. Rolf ‘s life’s work centered on the question of how to organize and integrate the human body’s structure in gravity so that it functions optimally. Rolfing is the technique of reorganizing the connective tissues, known as fascia, in order that the body may reduce compensation and heal itself. Structural imbalances in the body place demands on the muscles, fascia, tendons, and ligaments, which in turn create compensations throughout the body. Rolfing is usually done in ten sessions, known as a “Ten Series.”
Over one million people have received Rolfing to relieve pain and chronic stress, as well as to improve performance in their professional and daily activities. Research has demonstrated that Rolfing can foster a more efficient use of the muscles, which allows conservation of energy, and more graceful and refined body movement. Furthermore Rolfing significantly improves the body’s structure and diminishes chronic stress.
Book a single session, or a Ten Series.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Swedish” el_id=”1441410525737-ca1a4d46-e585″]The most common type of bodywork in the West is Swedish massage therapy. It involves rhythmic, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, tapping strokes, on the superficial muscle layers combined with movement of the joints. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish therapy can be both relaxing and energizing. It is also used before and after sporting events, along with Deep Tissue therapy, and can help prevent injuries and strains prior to an event, as well as shorten recovery time after one.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Deep Tissue” el_id=”1441410549214-d104419e-4669″]Deep tissue therapy is best for relieving the painful, stiff “trouble spots” in the body that are usually caused by repetitive motion, or hyperextension. The therapist uses slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on both superficial, and deep layers of muscles, tendons, and other tissues. Though less rhythmic than other types of massage, deep tissue massage can be extremely therapeutic in a very short amount of time by relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with muscle injuries, such as back sprain.
Especially useful before and after sports events and activities, Deep Tissue therapy can help to prevent injuries and strains prior to an event, as well as shorten recovery time after one.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Sports Massage” el_id=”1441410571696-90fa98c6-e3a2″]Culled from almost every type of traditional and modern bodywork therapy, “Sports Massage” is a combination of techniques from different modalities that are best applied to the soft tissue group affected by an injury. As such, great Sports Massage therapists are highly valued among professional and amateur athletes, performers, and even other therapists. Effective Sports Massage requires an advanced understanding of not only anatomy and physiology, but sports ergonomics as well. An exceptional understanding of the movements required to accomplish a perfect golf drive, or a blistering baseball pitch, or even which soft tissue groups will be hyper-extended during a full arm bar submission in Mixed Martial Arts fighting, is also critical.
To use our golf example, if you’re drives are not as accurate or long as you would like, your Sports Massage therapist may focus on your upper and lower back muscle groups, relaxing and stretching them so you can achieve better hip and back rotation when you drive, and then relieve them afterward for faster recovery and more efficient muscle memory. During competition, you’ll be better prepared to hit the ball harder because your therapist was focused on understanding the sport itself and effectively integrating the right methods and muscle groups for what you want to accomplish. In this way, Sports Massage is an integral part of an effective training regimen because it promotes better performance and faster injury recovery.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Reflexology” el_id=”1441410595865-95f79c3b-63db”]Reflexology is a form of bodywork that targets specific points in the hands, feet, and ears that are known to correspond with different glands, organs, bones, and body systems. Not to be confused with massage, Reflexology is actually an ancient form of preventative medicine practiced and documented as early as 2330 B.C. in Egypt. One of the biggest benefits of Reflexology is that it normalizes the body’s energy rather than actively directing it around, making it very safe for the very ill, very young, or the elderly. While Reflexology focuses on reflex maps in the feet, hands, and ears, it also employs unique very subtle finger movement techniques to create specific responses throughout the body.
According to the maxims of Reflexology, traditional massage therapist’s work “from the outside in,” by manipulating specific muscle and facial groups to relieve stress. Reflexology practitioners, however, see themselves as working “from the inside out” by instead stimulating the nervous system to achieve the desired outcome, which is usually a measurable reduction of pain and/or improved movement.
Like most traditional medical therapies, you will remain clothed for a reflexology session besides footwear, of course.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Pre/Post Natal Bodywork” el_id=”1441410611587-80dd7f4f-2be7″]During, and after, pregnancy your body goes through a number of major stressful changes. Pre and Post Natal bodywork can assist your body to cope with these changes by decreasing arm and leg swelling through assisted lymphatic drainage, relieving postural compensatory muscle and joint pain caused by the carrying extra weight, and of course reducing stress. Pre-Natal bodywork may be particularly helpful because medication and other medicinal options may be limited. Experienced therapists are trained to avoid certain key points and areas on patients, and use only techniques that are known to stimulate healthy mother/child symbiosis. Special massage tables and pillows are employed to assure total comfort and relaxation for the both patients.
Post Natal bodywork benefits include hormone regulation, reduced swelling, better sleep, and improved breast-feeding. It reduces sore spots and relaxes muscle tension. The abdomen, lower back and hips, and upper back are the most susceptible to the strain of childbirth, and increasing the flow of blood and oxygen into those muscles, helps to flush metabolic cellular waste.
Many mothers have used post-natal bodywork to help bring their bodies back to their pre-pregnancy state, along with diet and exercise, because it encourages the body to release endorphins, which are natural pain killers secreted by the brain. It also aids the release oxytocins. Oxytocins trigger the milk ejection reflex, which pushes the milk out of the nipple, helping with breastfeeding. The more you breastfeed your baby, the more milk you will produce. Certified and licensed therapists can also perform breast massage will helps to open blocked milk ducts, loosen clumps, and reduce the risk of mastitis. Some of the biggest benefits of Post-Natal Bodywork is the help it provides coping with post-partum depression. Many experts agree that bodywork is a superlative stress eliminator and mood elevator.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Neuromuscular Therapy” el_id=”1441410637680-cf2e8000-66c0″]Neuromuscular therapy is also known as “Trigger Point Myotherapy” and is recognized by The American Academy of Pain Management as an effective treatment for back pain caused by soft tissue injury. Neuromuscular therapists utilize alternating levels of concentrated pressure at various muscle depths to trigger the release of the tissue. Once released, the therapist will apply more quasi-static pressure, usually with the fingers, knuckles, or elbow, until another release is triggered.
Neuromuscular therapy aims to treat underlying causes of chronic dis-ease by addressing trigger points, postural issues, circulation, biomechanical problems, and nerve compressions that can be caused by repetitive movement injuries or poor ergonomics. NMT assessments and examinations primarily address
- Ischemia: Tight muscle tissue with reduced blood flow.
- Myofascial trigger points: Hypersensitive points in muscles that lead to referred phenomena, including pain and reduced mobility.
- Neural entrapment: Compression of nerves bundles between muscles and other soft tissues).
- Nerve compression Pressure on nerves bundles by bonelike tissues, such as bones, cartilage, or discs, and muscle tissue.
- Postural assessment: Assessment of the position of the body as a whole using a background grid chart.
- Dysfunctional gait patterns: Body mechanics when walking, working, etc.
- Other perpetuating factors: Hydration, nutrition, breathing and sleeping patterns, work ergonomics, consumption of stimulants and medication, and psychological stress.
Many patients have used NMT effectively with chronic pain syndromes like Fibromyalgia, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, to reduce or eliminate even longstanding conditions. Many of the techniques used for NMT are staples for Sports Massage therapists in treating acute sports injuries and to prevent injuries due to these activities.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Tui Na” el_id=”1441410657494-89a8f06f-fe2b”]Tui Na is widely acknowledged as the grandfather of all bodywork and is one of the three pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine. All the myriad techniques from every other bodywork modality can find their roots in the ancient science of Tui Na. The direct translation from Chinese is “Tui,” meaning, “to press” and “Na,” meaning, “to rub.” Various hand techniques such as grasping, shaking, elongating, warming, cupping, pressing, rolling, and snapping, in combination with many other manipulation techniques and stretching, comprise this highly effective form of bodywork. Much of the time, but not always, practitioners are licensed acupuncturists and may recommend the use of Chinese herbs or perform acupuncture.
Tui Na is one of the most adaptable traditional medical therapies available to patients and is therefore a highly recommended modality for almost any dis-ease. Patients are encouraged to test its efficacy by seeing how much physical relaxation they can achieve through breathing and meditation during the treatment. Injured muscles tend to want to contract further under pressure and deep work can sometimes feel painful. It is recommended that unless patients are well familiar with the proper breathing and relaxation techniques that dispel pain, that they instruct the practitioner to start lightly and dial in their comfort level from there as they begin to master those techniques.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Trager Approach” el_id=”1441410690001-0c33a082-1326″]Utilizing gentle, non-intrusive rocking, stretching, and gravity awareness movements, the Trager Approach helps eliminate established physical and psychological patterns that develop in response to injuries, illnesses, and emotional trauma, including the stress of ordinary life.
Trager Approach promotes increased physical mobility and heightened mental clarity. A majority of patients also notice a more responsive dream state, and more lucid dreaming after a Trager session, sometimes for weeks later. This may be partially caused by nervous signals traveling backwards from the limb being maneuvered toward the brain, instead of originating from the mind as a motor command, and effectively resetting that neural pathway to an “empty” state.
For people who are too sensitive for regular bodywork and find pressing and rubbing uncomfortable, or for people who are excessively ticklish, Trager can be an effective way to remove these types of “armoring” that the mind forges in response to negative physical and psychological stimuli.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Cupping” el_id=”1443195379620-2fe4469d-eb38″]Cupping is the process of drawing cellular waste and lactic acid out of soft tissue and onto the skin’s surface where it can be safely eliminated. The lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system, helps to clear the body of harmful metabolic waste products, foreign material, and cellular debris. Every cell in our bodies uses a surrounding solution, called extracellular fluid, where cells dump metabolic waste, and intake nutrients. How quickly and completely this waste material is removed from the extracellular fluid directly affects cell nourishment and efficiency. The acupuncture meridians are one of several pathways for metabolic waste carried by the extracellular fluid to exit the body. Capillaries and lymphatic channels also carry waste products to the liver and kidneys, where they are detoxified and/or excreted.
Cupping involves using simple suction to accomplish literally instantaneous soft tissue pain relief in most cases. Generally, new or mild injuries will elicit very light pink to purple markings on the surface of the skin, which are usually eliminated by the skin within three days. Old injuries, or severe ischemia can, and usually will, pull up very dark red, dark purple, or even black marks on the skin’s surface that can last up to two weeks. Cupping usually immediately relieves these types of conditions, however it is recommended that patients follow specific guidelines for treatment afterward, which can include cessation of drinking alcohol and smoking for three days or longer, in order to prevent re-injury or illness. Cupping is a very powerful and effective therapy and should never be treated lightly. Please follow all treatment guidelines.
Because the nature of cupping is sedative, people who are excessively weak, cold, or elderly are not good cupping candidates, nor are people who suffer from chronic wasting dis-eases, or auto immune disorders. Cupping can compromise the immune system significantly when applied to too much of the body at once. Because of that fact, cupping sessions are limited to only a quarter of the body per session, unless a detailed prescription from an MD, or an L.Ac, exists. Furthermore, due to the temporary markings that present on the skin after treatment, patients are required to sign a waiver detailing that they understand what cupping is, how it works, and what to expect.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”N.A.E.T” el_id=”1441410721522-c638a963-8670″]Nambudipad’s Allergy Elimination Technique, otherwise known as NAET, is a therapy that involves light acupressure, or acupuncture applied along both sides of the spinal column in an area where the energy flow of a meridian intersects with the nerve roots at acupressure points. Patients are first tested using muscle testing or biofeedback machines while holding potential allergens within glass vials, which are neutral, in their hand. Once allergens have been identified, a preliminary series of treatments for the 12 major common allergens, such as wheat, dairy, eggs, sugar, salt, corn, and yeast is administered. Patients will then avoid these substances for a full circadian cycle, after which the body will no longer recognize the substance as a pathogen and trigger a histamine response. In this way allergens in the home such as pets, flora, and food may be systematically eliminated permanently. NAET is considered a safe, effective, natural approach to detecting and eliminating all types of allergies. [/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Gua Sha” el_id=”1443195396207-e245f65a-9b52″] Similar to the effects of cupping, gua sha has been used in China for more than two thousand years as a traditional folk remedy. Translated directly from Chinese, gua sha means, “to scrape toxins” and is a method of promoting blood circulation and removing toxic heat, blood, and lymph from the body. In practice, gua sha involves scraping the skin with a flat tool to facilitate pain relief. Organic, herbal oils are usually applied to the skin to open pores, increase deep cleansing, and improve circulation, as well as facilitate the technique. [/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Esalen” el_id=”1443195395357-4595b02b-2b23″]The Esalen Institute, on the California Coast, developed this technique in the early 1960’s. Esalen melds classic Swedish massage with palpatory sensory awareness practice and t’ai chi movements. The therapist works with the patient, instead of just on them. Esalen massage is characterized by it’s rhythmic flow and is punctuated with deep tissue detail, joint mobilizing, stretching, and energy work. [/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST)” el_id=”1443195394590-e37964e0-eaab”]Developed by John E. Upledger, DO, OMM, this manual therapy encourages the body’s natural healing processes and has been proven effective in treating a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction. Cranial Sacral therapy is a gentle, nonintrusive method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the physiological body arrangement known as the cranio-sacral system, which consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face, and mouth–which make up the cranium–down to the sacrum or tailbone. Because this system influences the development and function of the brain and spinal cord, any imbalance or dysfunction could cause sensory, motor, or neurological disabilities including chronic pain, eye difficulties, scoliosis, motor-coordination impairments, learning disabilities, and other dysfunctions of the central nervous system. Practitioners of CST use a light touch to assist the natural movement of fluid within the cranio-sacral system. Therapists generally use roughly five grams of pressure, about the weight of a nickel, to test for restrictions in various parts of the cranio-sacral system. Often the evaluation alone can remove the restriction and the system will correct itself. [/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Ashiatsu Bar Therapy” el_id=”1443195393927-06a98e33-e948″]This massage technique uses deep compression effleurage strokes by the practitioner’s bare feet to glide over the body, which helps relieve pain resulting from chronic soft-tissue damage. Correct application provides deep relaxation while the practitioner’s feet are easily able to stretch the chronic, shortened muscles of the body. Suspended bars are used above the head to support the weight of the practitioner, and for leverage, and lubricant is essential for proper application. Correct application of two-footed strokes near the spine create pushing, pulling, pumping effects on the intervertebral disc space and is effective at relieving irritation or compression on the spinal nerve. [/vc_toggle][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_toggle title=”Acupressure” el_id=”1443195391421-e98755b3-024b”]Acupressure is one of the three pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine and uses the fingers to press key acupoints on the body to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. When these points are tonified or sedated, depending on the intention of the practitioner, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body’s life force, known as qi or chi, to aid healing. Because acupressure follows the fundamental principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it can be effective in helping relieve headaches, eye strain, sinus problems, neck pain, backaches, arthritis, muscle aches, tension due to stress, ulcer pain, menstrual cramps, lower backaches, constipation, and indigestion along with a host of other ailments. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, local symptoms are considered a holistic expression of the body’s condition; the approach of acupressure is to treat the cause of the symptoms, rather than the symptoms themselves. [/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Feldenkrais Method” el_id=”1443195393269-b1082d47-88a1″]Russian-born Israeli educator Moshe Feldenkrais developed this method, which establishes new connections between the brain and body through movement reeducation. There are two formats of instruction used and both of them foster ergonomic awareness through body movement and functional integration.
- In one-on-one functional integration sessions, a Feldenkrais teacher employs hands-on manipulation to guide the student into new movement patterns.
- Group awareness through movement class sessions where the teacher verbally guides students through ergonomic and postural re-patterning.
One of the fundamental ideas of Feldenkrais is that almost our entire spectrums of movement is learned during our first few years of life, but only represent about 5 percent of all the possible movements available to us. Problems in our lives are ingrained in our patterns of movement to which we create habitual responses. By using the skeletal system to retrain our central nervous system, old patterns can be eliminated and replaced with new skills that improve the body’s physical, mental, and emotional function. Unconscious movement is then brought into conscious awareness where it may be used as a tool for expanding human potential. [/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Shiatsu” el_id=”1441411524025-2bc10a6f-5142″]Originating from Japan, shiatsu uses finger-pressure to stimulate traditional acupuncture points, making it very similar to acupressure. Applied Shiatsu facilitates the removal of qi blockages and restores balance to the meridians and organs in order to allow the body to heal itself effectively. Shiatsu treatment promotes healing by stimulating blood and lymphatic flow, particularly useful for chronic wasting and immune deficiency diseases. Other benefits of this treatment can include pain relief, stress management, and support of the immune system to strengthen the body’s resistance to disease and disorder.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Lomi Lomi” el_id=”1441411524414-ffa48168-dc72″]This Hawaiian system of bodywork utilizes broad movements with two-handed, forearm, and elbow application of strokes. Lomi Lomi techniques are designed to disperse congested areas in the body through the application of palm, thumbs, knuckle and forearms in rhythmic, almost dancing motions. Kahuna, or masters, will set the intention to heal by uttering a prayer (pule), utilizing breath (ha) and gathering energy (mana). The practice of Lomi Lomi is commonplace among Hawaiian communities and contributes to a healthy, vibrant, and connected society.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Trigger Point Therapy” el_id=”1441411524787-a6e98194-b821″]Trigger Point therapy involves noninvasive trigger point compression, myofascial tissue massage, passive stretching, and a regime of corrective exercises for the relief and control of myofascial pain and dysfunction. The goal of treatment is complete recovery from, or a measurably significant reduction in, myofascial and soft tissue pain. Increased range of motion, strength, endurance, and other measures of improved function are goals of this modality as well. Therapists encourage their clients to accept personally responsibility for their improvement by paying attention to factors such as nutrition, stress management, daily exercise, ergonomics, and other beneficial habits. The reason for this is to protect the client from delayed diagnosis, delayed treatment, or contraindicated treatment. [/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Chiropractic” el_id=”1441411525122-d22baf47-c799″]The American Chiropractic Association defines Chiropractic Medicine as: …health care that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. Doctors of Chiropractic practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.”[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Alexander Technique” el_id=”1441411525458-e51e0177-819d”]The Alexander Technique is a form of ergonomic movement education where a student is taught ways of movement that reduce physical stress to the body. Proper ways to sit, stand, and move are taught using gentle manual guidance and verbal cues to improve posture and movement patterns. Alexander Technique lessons are generally held in group classes and are typically comprised of learning basic movements such as sitting, standing, walking, bending, reaching, carrying, and lying down. Advanced techniques involve more specialized activities such as playing a musical instrument, working at a computer, etc. where instructor’s focus on the adjustment of the head, neck, and torso relationships.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Biofeedback” el_id=”1441411525796-dbabc851-3228″]Biofeedback principles can be traced back to early laboratory research of the 1940’s. Biofeedback therapy is the utilization of several sensitive instruments designed to relay information about the physiological condition of the body. Generally used in conjunction with other therapeutic methods, Biofeedback provides the deep relaxation and stress management skills that help patients to prevent stress-related disorders and illness. These important skills, including deep breathing and guided imagery, promote self-control over mental, emotional, and physical processes.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Acupuncture” el_id=”1441411526142-16d2f19c-439d”]Acupuncture is one of the three pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Use of very thin, round tipped needles that slip through the skin fibers to stimulate points allow acupuncturists to support or drain energy from affected organ meridians, thus restoring balanced energy flow. When these points are tonified or sedated, depending on the intention of the practitioner, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body’s life force, known as qi or chi, to aid healing. Because acupuncture follows the fundamental principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it can be effective in helping relieve headaches, eye strain, sinus problems, neck pain, backaches, arthritis, muscle aches, tension due to stress, ulcer pain, menstrual cramps, lower backaches, constipation, and indigestion along with a host of other ailments. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, local symptoms are considered a holistic expression of the body’s condition; the approach of acupuncture is to treat the cause of the symptoms, rather than the symptoms themselves.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Yoga” el_id=”1441411526497-345eb2fd-601c”]Yoga is a fundamental component of Ayurveda, the world’s most ancient system of medicine, which is still in use today essentially the same as it was centuries ago. There are many disciplines but all of them focus on breathing, stretching, and mindfulness. When properly practiced under the guidance of an experienced master, and combined with proper diet, yoga is a completely holistic health system. Yoga increases flexibility, improves muscle tone, and is helpful in the reduction of stress and dis-ease.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”T’ai Ji Chuan” el_id=”1441411527211-f22d1f30-c13e”]T’ai Ji Chuan is an ancient and highly effective form of Chinese martial combat. Through proper footwork, balance, and posture, t’ai ji chuan practitioners can transfer energy effectively, allowing them to use an opponent’s energy while simultaneously minimizing their own expenditure. Martial artists practice slowly in order to mindfully police their form so that it is perfect when needed at combat speed. The movements of t’ai ji chuan are so efficient that slow, controlled practice combined with proper breathing actually moves one’s energy effectively through the body’s meridians, promoting health, strength, and flexibility. This efficient transfer of energy reduces stress on both the body and mind. T’ai ji chuan principles apply globally to walking, martial application, bodywork, or any other activity for which economy of motion and efficiency of effort is desired.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Qi Gong” el_id=”1441411527581-80509a92-bece”]Qi Gong is a broad term for any one of several forms of breathing and movement exercise originating in ancient China about the same time as the emergence of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves mindful, meditative imagery along with a set number of exercises and deep breathing to stimulate the movement of qi energy about the body. Movements are designed to massage the internal organs, breaking up stagnation and visceral adipose tissue, and deep breathing pulls the diaphragm, which further facilitates organ movement. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, movement equals health and stagnation equals sickness. Qi gong is a very powerful form of healing and should only be attempted under the strict supervision of a doctor of qi gong medicine until you are comfortable with daily practice. As you become more advanced in your study of qi gong forms, maintain your connection with your instructor in order to progress safely and properly. Qi gong is an art that cannot be mastered in a single lifetime, so you will never lack room for improvement. [/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Ayurveda” el_id=”1441411527937-51a06b31-2171″]Ayurveda, translated from Hindi as “Life Science” is the world’s oldest and most comprehensive accumulation of medical knowledge. Ayurveda is still widely used today much the same as it was practiced centuries ago in India. The basis for effectively performing all of the various ayurvedic techniques is a thorough understanding of the primordial energies of the five elements: ether, air, fire, water, and earth, and of vata, pitta, and kapha, the three basic constitutional types which are similar to the ancient Greek method of mind/body classification.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Traditional Chinese Medicine” el_id=”1441411528304-23dd0530-4342″]Acupuncture, moxibustion (burning an herb above the skin to apply heat to acupuncture points), Chinese herbal medicine, tui na (Chinese manual therapy), dietary therapy, t’ai ji, and qi gong are all encompassed by TCM. Rooted in the ancient philosophy of Taoism dating back more than 2,500 years TCM is empirically based treatment that focuses on treating the patient as a whole rather than simply a group of symptoms. The three pillars of TCM are herbal remedies, acupuncture, and massage and all three are utilized to benefit the patient and cure dis-ease.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Naturopathic Medicine” el_id=”1443195392627-1df1771f-72da”]Naturopathy is the comprehensive integration of a wide range of natural therapeutic techniques emphasizing the healing power of nature to treat the causes of a disease, rather than simply suppressing the symptoms. Naturopathic physicians seek to motivate the individual toward a healthy and balanced diet, lifestyle, and mental attitude. Many traditional medical therapies, such as homeopathic medicine, clinical nutrition, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Ayurveda are used to enhance the body’s natural healing abilities.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Lymphatic Drainage” el_id=”1443670483337-500563ef-858a”]Lymphatic Drainage: Manual lymphatic drainage is a common technique among many bodywork modalities, among them specific forms of Shiatsu (Seitai Shiatsu) and Esalen massage. By stimulating the lymph fluid towards the lymph nodes in the neck, armpits, and inguinal creases a therapist can dramatically boost a persons immune system. Occasionally, this form of bodywork is coupled with special liquid diet restrictions and performed three or more times daily, however this is generally only in extreme cancer or AIDS cases where the patient has exhausted all allopathic treatments. Manual lymphatic drainage uses light, quick strokes with the thumbs and fingers along the medial areas of the legs, and arms and the lateral areas of the torso and neck, always moving toward the heart.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Myofacial Release” el_id=”1443195391965-f48ba84d-303d”]Myofascial release is an application of sustained pressure on the body’s fascia while moving the limbs, head, and torso in three-dimensions, in order to eliminate fascial restrictions such as hydrogen bonding. This technique has also been shown to evoke emotional patterns and beliefs that may no longer be relevant or may even be impeding a patient’s progress. Generally, an assessment is made by first analyzing the patient’s posture, followed by palpating the tissue texture of the various fascial layers. Once an area of fascial tension is discovered, gentle pressure is applied in the direction of the restriction, while moving the body to facilitate stretching and release. Myofascial release can be an effective therapy for relief of cervical pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, neurological dysfunction, restriction of motion, chronic pain, and headaches. [/vc_toggle][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]