Updated: Nov 20, 2021
Yes we are acupuncturists, but typically your average acupuncturist can offer a lot more than just acupuncture.
These non-needle techniques are not to be sniffed at, and are not 'lesser treatments'. In fact, some of these treatments are sometimes combined with acupuncture treatments quite regularly. Such as:
Acupressure - the use of finger pressure or Chinese Massage techniques or even tiny seeds on the areas of acupuncture points and along acupuncture meridians.
Guasha - gentle scrapping of the skin with single-use metal lids.
Cupping - the use of vacuumed cups on the body, usually the back and shoulders.
Moxa - burning of the herb Artemisia vulgaris (sounds like we are in Hogwart's!) on the body or above the body using a stick or a box to warm acupuncture points or areas of the body. When placed as a cone on your body, the cone is removed before the heat makes contact with your skin.
Shonishin - the use of metal rods to stimulate acupuncture points without piercing the skin, typically used in babies, young children and delicate adults.
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Massage - some acupuncturists will have done additional training in massage, such as completing an ITEC level three in massage. Your massage therapist will manipulate muscles and acupuncture meridians to move qi and tonify the body.
Here are a couple of cautionary notes:
Don't trust images you see when you do an Internet search! I have trained thoroughly to use all of the above techniques, and I must say that an image search on the Internet brings up some appalling images which are definitely not what is involved in any of the above treatments. The images I have used above are what you can expect from a qualified therapist.
Check out the credentials of your therapist! I have seen many people claiming to offer the above treatments, but who are inexperienced, not adequately qualified or insured, or not a member of a professional regulatory body. If your therapist claims to be a member of a professional regulatory body, you can visit the regulatory body's website to check the therapist is a full member. If you ask, your acupuncturist should be able to provide you with copies of their qualifications. Don't feel bad if you want to ask, it would be our pleasure to know you expect the highest standards from your therapist.