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Acupuncture is performed by inserting very fine needles into specific points on the body to facilitate the movement of qi (pronounced 'chi') or energy. Traditional Chinese Medicine holds that the correct flow of qi in channels ('meridians') throughout our bodies is necessary for optimum health. The disruption or stagnation of qi flow can manifest as a wide range of ailments or illness. As an acupuncturist, I prefer using a gentle needling technique with high quality 'patient-friendly' needles, designed to provide the best possible patient experience. All needles are disposable and used only once. Various sensations such as tingling, warmth and heaviness around needle points is expected and common. Once the needles are placed they will remain for around twenty - thirty minutes before being removed. Treatment is typically administered with the patient lying either face down or on their back on the treatment table, common needling sites include arms, lower legs, stomach and back.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine is the use of plants and plant extracts to treat disease. Many modern drugs were originally extracted from plant sources, even if they’re now made synthetically. Whereas conventional medicine now tries to use only the active ingredient of a plant, herbal remedies use the whole plant. Using herbal medicine alone or in combination with acupuncture brings homeostasis to the body.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) addresses a rhythmic system at the core of our physiology – the pulse of energy that flows between our head and pelvic area. It's as essential, measurable, and tangible as our breath and heart rate. The craniosacral system follows a rhythm, and the skull bones accommodate its pulse. CST is a gentle hands-on technique that uses a light touch to examine membranes and movement of the fluids in and around the central nervous system. Relieving tension in the central nervous system promotes a feeling of well-being by eliminating pain and boosting health and immunity.
Cervical Ripening + Pregnancy Care
Cervical Ripening - This Acupuncture treatment is for moms to be who would like their labor and birth to be as smooth as possible. It focuses on softening the cervix prior to labor contractions that are necessary for cervical dilation and the passage of your baby. This treatment occurs at the end of pregnancy (36-37 weeks) and ideally twice a week.
Baby Turning - This is a great treatment for moms to be who have discovered their baby is breech prior to birth. Our practitioner will use a combination of Acupuncture and Moxibustion to encourage your baby to turn.
Kelsey is a Postpartum Doula and Lactation Counsellor, a 6 week post birth treatment is highly recommended to balance hormones and to soothe the nervous system. At this time we can assess and treat any postpartum issues.
Cupping provides tension relief for sore and achy muscles by promoting circulation and blood flow to targeted areas. It consists of removing the air from the cups and placing them on the skin to create a suction effect. This suction or type of 'inverted' massage is a wonderful tool to promote healing and relaxation. Cupping can leave bruise-like circular marks on the skin (which should disappear in less than one week), however it is usually found to be an extremely relaxing and beneficial treatment.
Kelsey is a caring and intuitive acupuncturist. I noticed results straight away after treatments with her, and found the sessions relaxing and beneficial. Highly recommend Kelsey to take care of your health needs!