Acupuncture is one of the primary treatment methods used in the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves the superficial insertion of hair-width pins into the body to influence and balance the internal flow of Qi (vital energy).
Qi travels through pathways in the body known as meridians. When there is a disruption in the flow of Qi (commonly due to stagnation or deficiency) it causes dis-ease. This dis-ease can manifest as anything from physical pain to depression or insomnia to digestive disorders.
Acupuncturists use several diagnostic tools to find out the root cause of the problem, not just the symptoms. This includes asking questions, taking the pulse, and looking at the tongue. Using these methods, we can narrow down the meridians that may be interrupted and find the right treatment to restore harmony to the body and mind.
Katrina favours a gentle style of acupuncture and intuitively mixes teachings from different techniques including Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Element Theory, Extraordinary Vessel Theory, Applied Channel Theory, and Balance Method.
When indicated, acupuncture treatments are often accompanied by fire cupping or tui na massage.
In the simplest terms, craniosacral means listening to the body. Listening to its rhythm, its flow, its memories, and emotions. There is a profound healing that comes with being witnessed and heard, and this is what craniosacral therapy brings to the body.
From a more technical perspective, craniosacral is a gentle type of bodywork where the patient will rest on a massage table, fully clothed, while the practitioner uses their hands to “check in” on certain parts of the body such as the sacrum, diaphragm, and the individual bones of the skull.
While checking in, the practitioner will feel for the patient’s craniosacral pulse to determine if there are any inconsistencies in the pattern or flow. They will guide the body through different subtle movements, though the majority of these movements are at an energetic level rather than physical.
It is common to fall into a deeply restful and healing state during treatment, with most people even falling asleep!
A combination treatment includes both craniosacral and acupuncture.
While every treatment is tailored to the individual, combination sessions will generally begin with some craniosacral to relax the nervous system and mind before the acupuncture pins are inserted. The craniosacral will then resume for the majority of the treatment, with some quiet time at the end for the treatment to settle.
These two modalities are very complementary to each other and mix beautifully for a very unique and rejuvenating experience.