TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing practice that uses very thin needles to restore the body’s natural flow of energy (also called Qi or chi). It has been around for thousands of years and is still helping people today. Acupuncture is an extremely safe treatment modality. Many people find it very relaxing and calming, while others feel energized and more balanced mentally as well as physically.
Acupuncture can help you with a wide range of health issues, both physical and mental. It can help treat your pain, anxiety, injuries, inflammation, insomnia, hormonal imbalance, digestive woes, and many chronic and acute illnesses. While you may feel the effects of acupuncture right away—especially its calming effects—lasting benefits will generally take more sessions.
The first thing to know about acupuncture is that it doesn’t have to be painful. Common sensations after needling include tingling, a dull ache, or a feeling of pressure or heaviness, but it is comfortable, and most patients describe feeling relaxed. Many take a nap on the table.
During the treatment, you will lie down on a comfortable massage table while sterile needles are inserted, one-time-use, at specific points. The needles will be left in your body while you rest for anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on your treatment plan and how much time you have. Heat lamps will often be used to keep you warm, comfortable and enhance your sense of relaxation. After treatment, you may feel sleepy and deeply relaxed. It’s also possible you’ll feel energized or a bit lightheaded. All are normal reactions. You’re likely to feel really good for the rest of the day. If you can make some time for the effects of your treatment to settle in, this can enhance its efficacy.
Cupping has been used for hundreds of years as a natural means of promoting healing and wellness. It involves placing cups on the body. These cups may be glass, silicone, or plastic. Cupping treatment may be done on its own but is often included as part of an acupuncture session.
Cupping can be used for a variety of ailments and conditions, including back pain, neck pain, joint pain, headache, and tension. Cupping may also improve circulation throughout the body and help reduce inflammation.
In stationary cupping the cups are left on the skin for anywhere from 5 – 15 minutes without moving, allowing for a suction that aids in loosening tight muscles. This is particularly effective for patients who are experiencing aches and pains as well as those suffering from chronic tension. In moving cupping the practitioner applies oil to the skin, so they are able to move the cups along the surface of the body, creating a massage-like feel that helps to increase blood flow to certain areas. This type of cupping is commonly used when treating muscle tension and stiffness, particularly in the back, shoulders, and neck.
Cupping, especially stationary cupping, can leave circular marks on the skin that look like bruises, which last for a few days afterwards. These marks are not damaging or painful. They are temporary, but you may have bragging rights at the pool for a week or two.
MEDICAL QI GONG THERAPY
In a Medical Qi Gong healing session, the focus is on energetic and spiritual levels of the body. From this perspective, the patient’s symptoms are not the cause of disease, but rather a manifestation of the underlying imbalance. Treatment is specific to each patient’s pattern of disharmony. The aim is to diagnose the particular blockage, deficiency or deviation of these energy flows and attitudes and bring them back into harmony.
What this means in practice is that the practitioner works with you to guide energy through your body and clear blockages and deviations of your energetic flow as they arise. These may manifest as physical sensations such as tingling, heat, pain, vibration or chills, as visions, painful memories, overwhelming emotions and so on. We find healing simply by guiding Qi through the body and re-establishing healthy patterns of flow. Soul retrieval, talk therapy, guided visualization, acupressure massage, channeling and mediumship all may come into play. Magic happens in the session!
A session starts by discussing the reason you are seeking care. Then you lie face up on a massage table, fully clothed, while the practitioner conducts an energetic diagnosis. Sometimes treatment begins with a guided meditation to bring you into a relaxed and receptive state. The work may include hands both on and off the body; light touch and acupressure massage may be involved. Some sessions are conducted entirely in silence, others will include dialogue or simple spoken instructions.
Medical Qi Gong exercises and meditations may be prescribed to enhance the healing benefits of the session. One of the benefits of this work is to empower your own inner healer by working with these prescriptions. Clients who follow through with these often have the best results.
Tui na (pronounced “twee nah”) is a form of Chinese massage that has been practiced for more than 2000 years. The word tui means “to push” and na means
“to lift and squeeze,” which describes some of the common techniques used in tui na.
Tui na is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine that uses manual techniques to work with different areas of your body. This can cause muscles to relax and help blood flow freely throughout your body. Sometimes, tui na is sometimes called “acupuncture without needles” because it can be used like acupuncture to target specific acupuncture points and energetic channels (acupuncture meridians).
Tui na is considered by some to be the ancestor of physiotherapy, chiropractic,
cranio-sacral and other contemporary therapeutic techniques.
JACOB LARMOUR, R.TCM.P.
REGISTERED TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE PRACTITIONER
My goal as a healer is to help my clients find a state of equilibrium, where they feel comfortable in their bodies, free from pain, be it physical, emotional or spiritual.
I’m particularly interested in treating emotional issues: anxiety, stress, loneliness, depression, grief, anger, lack of boundaries, soap opera, etc.–and how these toxic emotions can manifest as disease. I believe that many chronic diseases have their roots in the emotional body. As a registered Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, I use the modalities of acupuncture, tui na, cupping, herbalism, and energy healing to address imbalance in all aspects of the body.
I began my training in Qi Gong and Chinese Medicine in 1982 with Grandmaster Tchoung Ta-tchen and Dr. Danica Beggs in Vancouver, BC. I have studied Medical Qigong with the International Institute of Medical Qigong and Shamanistic Qigong with the Empty Mountain Institute. I am a graduate of the Tzu Chi International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine where I studied acupuncture and the Chinese herbal tradition.