Firstly, Tui Na itself is a form of Asian bodywork that most closely resembles a conventional western massage. Despite the similarities, the intent of Tui Na is specifically therapeutic rather than the simple relaxation of a Swedish-style massage. Through Tui Na we have the ability to focus on specific problems, especially chronic pain associated with the muscles, joints, and skeletal system. It also helps chronic conditions such as insomnia, constipation, headaches (including migraines), and the tension associated with stress.
Since Tui Na is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory it not only works on the muscles, bones and joints, but also with the energy of the body (Qi) at a deeper level. Tui Na uses rhythmic compression along the meridians of the body, as well as a variety of techniques that manipulate and lubricate the joints, like acupressure. Tui Na directly affects the flow of energy by holding and pressing the body at acupressure points.
The Tui Na Micro-System Massage I offer takes the principles of Tui Na and applies them to specific microsystems of the body; mainly the head, face, neck and shoulders. This treatment is much gentler than the standard Tui Na massage and follows a set protocol that works along the meridians and acupuncture points of the specific micro-system.
During this massage you will fall into a state of absolute relaxation while activating the natural healing processes of your entire body. Special attention can be paid to your areas of personal concern (such as headaches, sinus issues or insomnia) or you can just let your body do what it needs to do. This massage is a giant step towards personal rejuvenation and self-care. Overall, it is wonderful to destress, improve sleep and relieve pain.
Krista is a Women’s Health Expert.
As an acupuncturist Krista is like a gardener. It is her job to help the garden (her patients) to thrive. She is able to help nature along by providing the necessary water and fertilizer (a.k.a acupuncture & TCM modalities). Krista makes sure that the plants receive the right amount of sun and remove any weeds. Gardening takes time and effort, but the reward is a beautiful healthy garden with abundant flowers and vegetables.
When you work with Krista in clinic, on your initial visit you will complete a full health history evaluation. This looks at all body systems, in order to get a full picture of your health. Additionally, she will do a tongue, pulse and hara diagnosis, all of which provide another picture of what is going on in the body from a physical point of view. When the intake is complete she will determine your TCM diagnosis and treatment plan, followed by the treatment itself. Once the needles are in, they are retained for 20-30 minutes while you relax. The needles are then removed & once you are off the table she will discuss future treatment plans with you.
You can think of an Acupuncture treatment like removing a kink in a hose. If your garden hose has a kink in it, water cannot flow and without adequate water the plants cannot thrive, grow and flower. As an Acupuncturist Krista detects and corrects where the kinks or blockages in the flow of Qi (energy) are. Once located, she can use specific points & TCM modalities to un-kink and restore the proper flow of Qi, so that your cells, muscles, tissues and organs can function correctly.