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Acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny filiform needles into specific points on the body to increase energy flow, blood circulation, and to stimulate the Central Nervous System. These needles are so small that ten of them can fit into the opening of a typical hypodermic needle. Upon insertion, the Acupuncturist manipulates the needles to stimulate the flow of energy to different areas of the body, acting as a powerful analgesic, promoting healing and improving overall circulation. In an acupuncture session, the therapist may use other techniques that they have been trained in such as moxibustion, tui na, cupping and gua sha. Two thousand years of research have gone into the study of Acupuncture and today many Western Medical Practitioners are beginning to acknowledge and utilize the effectiveness of this form of therapy. The true effectiveness of Acupuncture comes from a skilled practitioner who has a deep understanding of Oriental Medical Theory.

Japanese Acupuncture
There are many styles of Acupuncture, and in fact many styles of Japanese Acupuncture. The style of Japanese Acupuncture performed at Life Acupuncture Bodywork is based on the Tradition of Master Nagano, and under the study of Kiiko Matsumoto and Tak Tsurusaki. This technique involves extensive palpation of points to determine the effectiveness of the acupuncture point and exact location. Nagano style acupuncture focusses on strengthening the body’s immune system and constitution while simultaneous addressing the main complaint. Moxibustion is a key component in this style of acupuncture.

Cosmetic Acupuncture
Cosmetic acupuncture is a treatment where many tiny filiform needles are inserted into lines and discolorations on the face, as well as regular acupuncture needles being inserted into major facial acupuncture points. During a cosmetic acupuncture treatment, clients will first receive a cleansing and rejuvenating green clay and herbal facial mask. Once the mask is removed, the face is cleansed with a green tea detoxifying and antibacterial gauze and then the facial needles are inserted. While the facial needles are in, the acupuncturist then chooses appropriate body acupuncture points to improve overall health and a sense of wellbeing. Once the needles are removed, the practitioner will apply a facial cream and perform a facial massage to improve circulation and promote relaxation. The entire session lasts 75-90 minutes, depending on the number of needles required.

Cosmetic acupuncture can treat puffiness around the eyes, improve facial muscle elasticity, reduce dark circles under the eyes, reduce or eliminate wrinkles and fine lines, reduce sagging jowls, skin becomes more delicate and fair, collagen production increases, age spots fade, acne, rosacea and broken capillaries are reduced, skin tone improves, pores tighten, lifts drooping eyelids, and the whole body feels energized, relaxed, and balanced.

Your therapist will discuss an appropriate treatment plan that works for you. Generally speaking, ten treatments are needed to obtain optimal lasting results, although it varies from 5 to about 12 sessions depending on the quality of the skin and the desired result. It is reccommended that the first four to six treatments are done twice per week to ensure that the treatment lasts. Once the course of treatments is completed, it is reccommended that clients repeat the session every four to six weeks for maintenance.

What to Expect
Your Acupuncturist is required to perform a detailed intake as well as prepare a diagnosis in Eastern Medical terms as well as a treatment plan for the course of treatments. Based on the treatment plan, your acupuncturist will choose acupuncture points and with consent there may be the use of a combination of modalities including moxibustion, cupping, gua sha and tui na massage or shiatsu. Your acupuncturist may require you to disrobe partially or fully, and use a draping technique sheets and blankets. Your privacy will always be respected, and you may withdraw your consent for treatment at any time.