Imagine your brain and spinal cord floating inside a thick bowl of highly protective fluid which undulates slowly and rhythmically in time with the ocean waves. Long-held restrictions can be unwound, releasing energy that is then available for use at higher levels of function, balance, strength, flexibility and coordinated ease of movement.
1992 - Formal training in Cranial Sacral Therapy at the Upledger Institute. 10 year intensive training, one-on-one with mentor and teacher, Stuart Wright, N.D., Advanced Rolfer, CST.
"It is the first objective of a practitioner to find Health in an individual. Disease anybody can find."
~ Dr. Andrew Stills – D.O. Father or Osteopathy
Acupuncture is a centuries-old healing art (2500-5000 years), commonly used in the Far East by traditional medicine practitioners as a way of balancing, harmonizing and integrating organ systems.
After practicing massage therapy for 30+ years I felt compelled to look more deeply into how the body works and how to activate its innate healing capabilities. I wanted to achieve greater and more lasting results than were possible with massage therapy and learned that through the use of the meridian system (energy pathways under the skin), energetic imbalances can be easily corrected with lasting results.
When fine, thin needles are inserted into acu-points along a well-defined network of meridians (electro-magnetic currents moving throughout the human body) systems unify and integrate the vital lifeforce within the body, making a person whole and healthy.
Acupressure is a touch therapy that utilizes the same meridian system, applying light pressure to acu-points. By activating specific points along a corresponding meridian pathway, energetic (qi) blocks and stagnant nutrients in blood can be sufficiently removed.
Meridians are the internet of all body systems; a communication network interconnecting all aspects of the physical body; including joints, organs, muscles, nerves, soft tissues, as well as its mental and emotional spheres. The experience of one's own lifeforce as the movement of qi or electromagnetic energy, can have profound and surprising effects.
“Worms will not eat living wood where the vital sap is flowing; rust will not hinder the opening of a gate when the hinges are used each day. Movement gives health and life. Stagnation brings disease and death.” ~Traditional Chinese Medicine proverb
Ear acupuncture is an effective method for treating acute and chronic diseases without producing side effects. It therefore represents one of the most important complementary additions to conventional medicine today. Its main indication is certainly the treatment of pain, but a number of functional, organic and mental disorders may be treated as well. Fortunately, this applies also to a number of diseases for which conventional medicine still has no cures to offer, for example, migraine and hay fever.
The origins of ear acupuncture can be traced back to the 4th century BC when Hippocrates tried to cure impotence by bloodletting at the ear. It is also known that pain has been treated in ancient Egypt by means of ear points. Throughout the centuries we find notes on similar treatments.
Ear acupuncture enjoyed a certian popularity also in China, but it fell into oblivion during the last centuries. During the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) approximately 20 anterior and posterior ear points were known. The procedure then probably spread to Persia, Africa, India, and the Mediterranean area.
However, there is no evidence that a comprehensive reflex system on the auricle, complete with representations of the entire body, existed. We owe it to the French physician Paul Nogier that ear acupuncture has been rediscovered and that this happened in a way that provided astonishing opportunities for both diagnosis and therapy. Step by step, Nogier established the auricular map used today.