NEW: Acupuncture …
Alexander Julien Audette TCMP, R.Ac.
1/2 hour ($45) (consult/ medical history or Shiatsu massage)
1 hour ($90) (acupuncture, shiatsu massage)
-GuaSha and Cupping are usually a part of a treatment and carry no separate fee.
Days: Mon & Fri 1-7pm
Japanese Shiatsu/ Acupressure Massage:
Shiatsu massage(literally translated as finger pressure) is a Japanese form of massage therapy that concentrates not only on releasing muscles and tight spots, but also balancing the body’s meridian pathways that are used in acupuncture. Some of the main differences between Shiatsu massage and conventional massage therapy is that shiatsu concentrates on applying pressure with the pads of the thumbs, thenar eminences, elbows and forearms to acupuncture meridian points and extra points. In addition, there is no disrobing required. Typical effects from treatment include increased energy, relaxation, better sleep and normalized digestion.
Chinese Herbs and Orthomolecular Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine (which is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine) are herbal prescriptions that are uniquely tailored to each individual’s needs, and are based on the current conditions of the body. A variety of conditions from the common cold, to digestive and menstrual disorders can be treated with these prescriptions.
Orthomolecular Medicine, founded by Drs. Abram Hoffer and Linus Pauling, is the use of high dose vitamins and minerals to treat illness, and optimize health and well-being. When used together with optimal diet, they are a powerful part of medicine and health.
Japanese Palpation Based Acupuncture (PBA)
A Western way in which acupuncture’s function could be illustrated, would be to say that it is essentially causing three things to occur. Reduction of inflammation, optimizing the balance of the endocrine system and inducing anesthesia. There are many styles of acupuncture that are practiced around the world. Each share the points and meridians in common. However, techniques and equipment differ widely between practitioners. In China, most treatment focuses on multiple needle forms and electro-stimulation of needles. In Japan, acupuncture is an occupation for the blind. Techniques are based more on palpation diagnosis and single needle acupuncture as opposed to theoretical point groupings and multiple needles in Chinese and Korean techniques.
Having been researched and developed in Japan by blind healers, PBA practitioners emphasize information acquired by touch to determine needle placement. PBA differs significantly from traditional Chinese forms of acupuncture in that one needle is placed at a time and gently manipulated until the tissue around it acquires a correct healthy tone, after which, the needle is removed and the next point addressed.
Alexander Julien Audette practices Japanese Palpation Based Acupuncture (PBA) at both Modo Yoga in Guelph and at the Anello Clinic which serves the Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge Ontario areas.
Cupping and Gua Sha
Cupping and Gua Sha are examples of mechanical tissue stimulating therapies in Chinese Medicine that elicit transient therapeutic petechia or pin-point red spots under the skin that induce Nitric Oxide release and tissue vasodilation. These modalities treat stubborn chronic and acute pain that doesn’t respond to massage or acupuncture, as well as lowering fevers. The petechia marks that are left from Cupping and Gua Sha last for 1-3 days before disappearing.