"Strong winds do not last all morning, hard rains do not last all day." - Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
What to Expect at an Acupressure Session
During an acupressure session, Melanie uses a combination of oriental healing modalities specific to your health needs. These may include one or more techniques, including ACUPRESSURE, JAPANESE SHIATSU, CUPPING, MOXA, MEDICAL INTUITION and LIFESTYLE COACHING. After assessing your energetic pattern of disharmony based on physical and emotional symptoms and a tongue and pulse assessment from an oriental medicine perspective, Melanie stimulates specific acupoints that encourage harmonious bodily function. At the end of each session, she provides coaching - which may include health resources and referrals, dietary advice from an oriental medicine perspective, and physical and breathing exercises - to empower you to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Acupressure & Bodywork
What is the difference between acupressure and acupuncture?
Acupressure DOES NOT USE NEEDLES. Based on a tongue, pulse and interview assessment, Melanie determines the patterns of energetic disharmony in your body and promotes balanced functioning through direct pressure on specific points that promote an even flow of energy in those blocked areas. Blockages of energy and circulation create pain, so by allowing for the smooth free flow of energy, pain and other symptoms are relieved.
How can acupressure help me?
Oriental medicine accounts for whole body systems, including organ function, energy levels, sleep quality, immunity and hormone balance. By identifying an energetic pattern of disharmony, acupressure seeks to promote relief of common symptoms, including:
Headaches and migraines, including TBI
Muscle and joint pain
So much more!
This technique involves the creation of a vacuum with glass cups on the surface of the skin that creates warmth, promotes blood circulation and alleviates pain. Cupping is commonly performed along the muscles of the upper back, along the spine and lower back, abdomen, thigh and hip region, arms, lower legs and bottoms of the feet. Common conditions that cupping may improve include chronic and acute pain, colds, fever and flus, gastro-intestinal disorders and internal organ problems. Cupping intentionally creates bruising (petechiae) and may leave skin discoloration for several days or more.
Moxibustion or "moxa" is a multi-use, acrid and bitter herb whose Latin name is Artemesia Vulgaris. This herb is also called Mugwort or Ai Ye in Chinese. Melanie uses both direct cone and rice grain moxa and indirect pole moxa to warm, nourish and regulate the energy channels. This warming method is applied until the skin turns pink. Melanie does not apply moxa to burn or scar the skin. This is a gentle technique.
There are literally thousands of ways to meditate, including silent meditation, praying with a mantra, walking meditation, breathing exercises, mindful eating and mindful exercise. No matter what form it takes, meditation can be used to reduce stress, relax muscles, improve circulation, regulate emotions and reduce heat and inflammation.
Melanie is trained in Japanese Zen, Kriya yoga, Qi Gong and Japanese esoteric Buddhist meditations. She is passionate about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness exercises and encourages just 10 minutes of meditation a day. Contact Melanie to set up a personal 30-minute meditation training session.
Lifestyle & Nutrition
From an oriental medicine perspective, food can be classified by its temperature, action on the body and influence on specific energetic pathways. Essentially, food is medicine, and the over- or under-consumption of specific foods create energetic patterns of disharmony that manifest in physical and emotional symptoms. By correcting your eating habits, you can take your health into your own hands.