Mena Swanson Eastwood
Acu Psychology EFT
Acupuncture Psychology otherwise known as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or “Tapping” is a form of Energy Psychology that bridges ancient Chinese medicine with modern psychology. EFT uses a gentle tapping technique instead of needles on acupuncture points. These points are connected with an energy system called meridians that runs throughout the body. The basic procedure includes tapping on specific acupuncture points combined with verbalizing the identified issue that has an emotional “charge”. Then tapping on a general affirmation phrase associated with the identified charged issue. The tapping and verbalizing together balance the energy system by reducing the emotional charge of an issue and unblocking the meridian (in Chinese medicine each meridian is associated with particular emotions). When the issues have less of a charge there is a great relief in the psychological stress and/or physical pain.
Although it may seem complicated if you have not yet tried it, it actually is easy enough for a child to learn, yet sophisticated enough to be used by medically trained professionals. It is substantiated in many research studies and the best part is that it is safe, has no side effects and is non-invasive.
On a personal note, the most profound piece of evidence was not in a research study (although I am a research nerd), but was from Dr. Lori Leyden and the healing of traumatized orphan genocide survivors in Rwanda.
A video of EFT from founder Gary Craig www.inspiredeft.com
Website with vast amounts of information on EFT http://www.emofree.com
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine in the world. Originating in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most thoroughly researched, practiced, and respected forms of complementary medicine available anywhere.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, your overall health is determined by the quality of the Qi (energy) flow through the natural pathways of your body (meridians). Acupuncture uses a variety of techniques, including placing very thin sterile needles into specific points on the body, to stimulate and improve your Qi flow. The many benefits of acupuncture include:
- Pain reduction
- Stress and tension relief
- Increased energy levels
- Stronger digestion
- Relief from bad habits and addictions
- Greater sense of overall health and well-being
Acupressure is similar to Acupuncture in that they both use the same acu-points and meridian lines and generally follow the tenants of Traditional Chinese Medicine. But, where Acupuncture employs needles, Acupressure uses gentle but firm pressure and integrates various massage therapy techniques. When these acupressure points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body's life force energy to aid healing. This universal energy source (called Chi or Qi), relieves your muscle tension and improves circulation. This simple and powerful technique has been shown to be very effective in treating headaches, backaches, and even insomnia. Specific acupressure points are also used very successfully for women who are ready to give birth in helping with the induction of labor. These techniques can also be taught to your spouse or birthing partner.
Chinese Herbs & Formulas
Chinese herbal medicine is a 2,000 year old tradition using naturally occurring substances — including herbs — to enhance one's health and vitality. As opposed to Western medicine, the foundation of this approach is to support the body's natural self-healing mechanisms and abilities.
Since each patient has different needs, I carefully select and combine a variety of herbs that will synergistically blend together to achieve optimal results for your unique situation. I prescribe high-quality, professional-grade herbal medicines that are available only to qualified licensed professionals.
5 Day Detox for Beginners
The 5 Day Detox for Beginners is perfect if…
- This is your first detox/cleanse program
- You’ve gone overboard when it comes to snacking on holiday sweets and treats (more peppermint bark, anyone?)
- You don’t want to go to extremes to lose weight or get back on track
- You want to get better with ALL of your eating habits, and not sign up for some fad diet that will fizzle out by the end of the month
- You’re noticing that you need a jolt of caffeine or sugar to keep you going after lunch (Salted Caramel Mocha, perhaps?)
- Your favorite clothes feel too tight and you’re inching towards the “fat” side of your closet.
The next 5 Day Detox for Beginners TBA…stayed tuned
I offer a free 15 phone consultation and/or strategy session whether it's Chinese medicine, detoxing, coaching, or any other questions you have, I am happy to discuss them with you.
Initial Consultation, Intake & Acupuncture Treatment
First time consultation, intake, and acupuncture treatment is approximately 90 minutes. This also includes herbal recommendations (the cost of the herbal medicine is seperate), Chinese Dietary Therapy and any other protocols that may be approriate for your initial visit and those that follow.
Cupping has been a part of Chinese Medicine for over 2,500 years. It relieves aches and pains, improves circulation, and also helps with respiratory and digestive issues. I simply place a specialized "cup" onto specific points on your body, and then use suction to draw your skin up into the cups. It doesn't hurt — it simply draws fresh blood to that area of your body, which facilitates the cleansing and strengthening of your Qi (energy). The end result is a greater overall sense of health and well-being.
Although Gua Sha is an ancient healing technique used by Chinese Medicine practitioners for thousands of years, it is relatively unknown in the West. It is recognized throughout Asia as a highly effective treatment for chronic pain conditions, stress, fatigue, and a host of other ailments.
First, Gua Sha oil is applied to a specific meridian (energy pathway) on your body. Then a smooth round-edged object is used to apply short brisk strokes to the area. This creates red patches of skin (called "Sha"), detoxifying your blood and restoring the healthy flow of Qi (energy) to the area. There is no pain involved, and the Sha will fade in 2 to 3 days. But the sense of health and vitality you experience from it will last much longer.
Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing and health. Moxibustion has been used for healing purposes throughout Asia for thousands of years. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi (energy), and enhance your overall vitality and health.
Among other benefits, a landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that 75.4% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion at an acupuncture point on the bladder meridian.
If appropriate, an expectant mother and partner may be taught how to use moxa at home to help with a breech presentation (any fetal position that is buttocks first and and not vertex, or head down) beginning but not before week 37.
Massage: Tui Na
Tui Na is an ancient form of bodywork that is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Utilizing a variety of pressures and strokes along the meridians (energy pathways) of your body to both relax your muscles and also stimulate the flow of energy throughout your body. By treating both the physical (musculature) and energetic (Qi) levels of your body at the same time.
Massage: Prenatal Massage
Prenatal massage is one of the most pleasant ways to engender relaxation and reap the physiological and emotional benefits for the expectant mother. As a certified pre/postnatal massage therapist, childbirth educator and gynecological specialist in Chinese Medicine, I an able to provide you with knowledgable, skillful and peaceful bodywork for you and your precious one (or two!).
Fertility Massage Therapy is beneficial for women wanting to have a great start at pre-conception or for those who are having infertility issues. Fertiiltiy massge involves deep but gentle therapy that helps to balance and bring the organs in the abdominal area back into alignment. It also helps to release pressure and strengthen the surrounding muscles and ligaments. Additionally, it helps to increase the blood flow to reproductive organs. Fertility massage can effectively reduce the stress and thus aid in conception. Therefore improving blood, nerve and lymph flow flushing toxins & increasing the flow of nutrients. The massage also helps to tone tissue and balance hormones.
For more information on fertility massage and/or the benefits of Chinese Medicine & Fertility Detox/Cleanse Program please call or email.
Reiki is a Japanese form of energy work that cleanses and balances the energy system in the body. As a result, the body's natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimum health. During a session, I work directly with your energy field to remove blockages, detoxify your system, and restore your vital life force energy. Reiki utilizes a gentle laying on of hands to conduct the necessary energy force between us. The benefits of Reiki range from the release of habitual mental/emotional stress to alleviating chronic pain.
Reiki is a wonderful option for prenatal care and maybe combined with a prenatal massage.
One of the most common questions that patients ask about Chinese Medicine is: "Why does my practitioner check my pulse?" Pulse diagnosis is actually one of the most complex and important diagnostic techniques we use in Chinese Medicine. Through feeling and evaluating your pulse, we obtain an accurate diagnosis of your overall constitution, Qi (energy) flow, and internal organ health, among other things. We then synthesize all of this information into a highly effective and individualized treatment plan for your specific needs.