Acupuncture for Stress
Stress Blocks the Flow of Chi
In Chinese medicine there is a life force called chi that circulates all over the body on pathways called meridians or channels. When we are in balance chi flows smoothly, nourishing all areas of the body and all of the internal organs. When we are stressed, however, tension can interfere with the flow of chi, causing it to become constricted and blocked. This can manifest physically as muscle tension and pain, or emotionally as frustration and anger. It can even interfere with the functioning of the internal organs, causing things like heart burn, bloating, or IBS. In Chinese medicine the main treatment principles for stress are to calm the spirit and unblock the flow of chi so that it can circulate freely once again.
Acupuncture Can Unblock Stuck Chi
Acupuncture is very relaxing, especially when it is being used to treat stress. Many people fall asleep during their session while others experience a deep sense of peace and relaxation. Two of the most common points that are used are found on the foot. They both help spread chi all over the body to unblock it and relieve stress, allowing you to unravel and relax.
Chinese Herbs Can be Helpful as Well
Taking herbs can enhance the effects of your acupuncture treatments, helping to address symptoms from the inside out. If you are interested in trying some Chinese herbs they are available in a convenient pill form and are included with your session at no extra charge. I carry multiple formulas for stress. Some focus on emotional symptoms while others address stress in combination with symptoms like digestive issues, PMS, or exhaustion. Please click here to read more about the herbs that I carry.
As Can Chinese Massage Techniques
These sorts of techniques enhance the effects of the acupuncture and are healing in their own right. They can be especially beneficial if your stress is causing issues like neck and shoulder pain or headaches. Tuina, Chinese medical massage, is the foundation of these techniques. With cupping, glass orbs are suctioned to the skin, releasing tension and pulling blood to the area so muscles can soften and heal. Acupressure manually releases tissues, while medicated oils reduce inflammation, enhance circulation, and stop pain. If you are interested in trying some of these techniques, they are included with your session at no extra charge. Please click here to learn more about these techniques.
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