Elizabeth's acupuncture style is unique in this area, and even in this country. While most acupuncturists practice TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), she has pursued advanced training in several Japanese Acupuncture styles, including Meridian Therapy, studying with renowned teachers Stephen Brown and Atsuki Maeda, and Kiiko Matsumoto style acupuncture, which she learned from Kiiko herself.
In Japanese Acupuncture, the main focus of treatment is to make the patient as comfortable and relaxed as possible, lulling you into the state most conducive for healing. This is seen in the gentle needle techniques, and the use of a guide tube to make insertion painless. Japanese styles of acupuncture also rely heavily on palpation, or diagnostic touching, for diagnosis and treatment. You'll experience this as a careful touch of your arms, legs, abdomen and/or back to locate treatment points and lead the practitioner to your core imbalance. This palpation-based style is extremely effective while being very minimally invasive.
To enhance treatments and make them even more effective, Elizabeth also utilizes a number of adjuct therapies, including an Asian massage technique called Tui-na, cupping, a scraping technique called gua sha, and an herbal heat therapy known as moxibustion.
In addition to acupuncture, Elizabeth uses bodywork with many of her patients. If you are looking for pain management or stress relief, a massage is a great way to prime the body to receive acupuncture.
Tui-na is a Chinese medical massage used to decompress the spine, stretch the muscles, tendons and ligaments, and loosen the joints. Working to realign the musculoskeletal system and relax the body, it is very beneficial for back pain, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica, headaches, and other pain conditions.
Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage
Swedish massage is the most common modality of bodywork when most consider massage and it’s one of Kie's favorites. The primary goal of Swedish massage is to relax the entire body and induce the parasympathetic nervous system, often called the rest and digest system. The flipside of that coin is the sympathetic nervous system, or the fight or flight system, which can stress the body to the point of exhaustion. Swedish Massage counters the sympathetic nervous system by performing long, gliding strokes to direct blood flow to the heart. It only takes 15 minutes of Swedish massage to turn on that rest and digest system! But this therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage, in combination with deep tissue techniques for those more troublesome areas, are beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving overall circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
Flower essences are subtle herbal remedies that work on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Compared to essential oils, they are much safer to take internally, and do not interfere with any medications, herbs or other therapies you may be using. Both my patients and I have found them to be extremely beneficial for relieving stress and anxiety, releasing emotional trauma from the body, combatting anger and depression, and much, much more. A consultation can be included with your acupuncture treatment if you wish, and you will leave with a custom flower essence formula to take at home.