Acupuncture is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been developed over thousands of years, primarily though observation and collective experience of how the body responds to its environment. The primary feature of TCM is that the body, mind and spirit achieve good health through the restoration and maintenance of balance, harmony and order within the individual. TCM is a holistic form of medicine which focuses as much on preventing illness as it does on the treatment.
Cupping is an ancient therapy which is often used in conjunction with acupuncture, especially for musculoskeletal conditions of the back. The treatment is usually performed with either glass, silicon or plastic cups which are applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (either by heat or suction) in order to draw and hold skin and superficial muscles inside the cup. The suction effect creates an increase in blood flow and helps to loosen the muscle tissue and surrounding fascia, thereby assisting in healing and reducing pain. It has a similar effect to deep tissue massage except that rather than pressing the muscle towards the bone, it is lifting and stretching the tissues away from the bone.
Pediatrics is an important branch of TCM and there has been a continuous development in the treatment and diagnosis of children’s diseases to reflect the needs of the modern lifestyle. It is becoming increasingly common for children to show signs of sensitivity, manifesting as respiratory and skin disorders, as well as compromised immune function. The advantage of using acupuncture for children’s health matters is that there are very few side effects and it has been shown in modern scientific tests to not only protect the body against infections, but it also has a regulatory effect on the body’s systems.
sports medicine acupuncture
Sports Medicine Acupuncture incorporates principles from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western Sports Medicine to view the patient’s injury from an integrated perspective. In a Sports medicine acupuncture session, your therapist will use a variety of treatment tests and strategies such as observation, muscle testing, massage, stretching, cupping, gua sha (scraping) and acupuncture to identify and treat the underlying cause of pain. A ‘hands on’ approach will determine the most effective points anywhere along the affected meridians, as well as trigger points and motor points within the muscle affected.
fees & schedule
acupuncture (including bodywork such as massage, cupping)
- $110 initial
- $95 subsequent (45-55 mins)
- $70 short (30-35 mins)
for seniors & concessions
- $80 initial & subsequent
- $60 short
On the spot rebates with HICAPS
- Tuesday, 9am to 6pm
- Wednesday, 10am to 7pm
- Thursday, 9am to 6pm
- Friday, 10am to 6pm
Michelle’s interest in Chinese medicine blossomed over 16 years ago after she worked for several years as a remedial massage therapist. Realising the toll that giving deep tissue massage was taking on her own body, she intuitively decided on acupuncture as her next career choice. Little did she realise at the time what a profound influence the philosophy of Chinese medicine would have on many aspects of her life. Since then Michelle’s passion for the Oriental arts has expanded into tai chi, meditation, yoga, Taoist and Buddhist philosophy, as well as metaphysical and esoteric teachings.
Michelle has been practicing acupuncture in the South Eastern suburbs since 2004. She completed a 4 year degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at Victoria University, with a clinical internship at Zhejiang Provincial Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Hospital in Hang Zhou, China. It was in Hang Zhou that Michelle discovered a passion for tai chi and was a student and instructor at the highly respected Golden Lion Academy for over 10 years and 5 years respectively. In 2014 she competed in the first World Tai Chi Games in Cheng Du, China, and came third in her event.
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