ACUPUNCTURE & CHINESE MEDICINE
It often surprises people when they learn that there are actually many different styles of acupuncture: some are ancient and some have only recently been invented. Just like western therapies, acupuncture continues to evolve and is anything but monolithic.
The two styles I mainly practice are Turtle /Abdominal acupuncture and Zhu scalp acupuncture. As remarkable as it sounds, it is possible to treat the whole body from these two areas. Additionally, pain relief is often nearly instantaneous with these two acupuncture approaches.
While acupuncture is renown for it’s ability to decrease pain, it is also effective for a variety of other health issues such as neuropathy, stress, stroke recovery, tinnitus, balance problems, digestive issues, high blood pressure, plantar faciitis, and many other conditions.
In addition to acupuncture, I offer the following services, some of which are incorporated into an acupuncture session.
Hands on techniques are also apart of classical Chinese medicine (known as Tui Na.). I practice about a dozen additional manual therapies, but the ones I use most frequently are as follows:
Primal Reﬂex Release Technique is a brilliant method which releases muscles instantly. It works on the principle of “reciprocals”: gentle activation and stimulation of the affected muscle’s antagonist to cause its release. An example of this method would be to quickly activate the hamstrings to release the quadriceps. As a result, locked muscles can become freed effortlessly, quickly, and without pain. The technique’s creator John Iams described the technique as a “neural reboot” of joints, muscles, and connective tissue.
Bio Orthonomy is based on the positional release techniques of osteopathy. By holding a muscle or joint in a relaxed position, the body senses someone else is holding the tension and releases. When musclo-skeletal structures in the body are too tight and not moving right, it is not unlike a faulty door in your house: if off by even a millimeter, it won’t close. Bio Orthonomy is gently able to create that needed space, allowing parts of the body to move past one another easily again. Even pain from bone on bone arthritis can be relieved for a time using this method.
Cranial Sacral Therapy is also from osteopathy. There is a connection between the head (cranium) and the pelvis (sacrum). Consequently, the cranium can be used to release the sacrum, and vice versa. It is a subtle technique that is so profoundly relaxing, it is often described as a form of energy work.
Qigong is Chinese medicine’s form of energy cultivation and is similar to Tai Chi (in fact, Tai Chi is a form of qigong). This is what is known as “self healing qigong”. However, there are also methods in which a Chinese medicine practitioner applies energy healing to a patient. This is known as Medical Qigong. Like cranial sacral, Medical Qigong is a very relaxing treatment and can be effective for both physical and emotional imbalances.
NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique)
Allergies act like heavy weights on the immune system, preventing it from functioning optimally. Simply put, NAET is a non-invasive method for eliminating the symptoms of allergies.
NAET requires several treatments. Each treatment renegotiates the body’s reaction to an allergen. An easy way to understand this process is to think of it as reprograming the brain to stop “short-circuiting” in the presence of any substance that is erroneously perceived by the immune system as being harmful. NAET systematically identiﬁes and re-balances your body’s reaction to these substances. Reactions due to ﬂowers, pets, and food can be relieved with proper application of NAET.
*if you are interested in this therapy, a phone consultation will be necessary before scheduling an appointment.
EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is an amazing system for working through emotional blockages, traumatic experiences, and addictions. Even physical symptoms are sometimes caused by emotions; until that emotional “short circuit” is repaired, the physical aspect won’t heal. These emotional stumbling blocks often rest hidden in our subconscious like icebergs beneath the water’s surface.
Essentially, EFT is a way of uncovering and moving traumatic experiences out of the limbic system (ﬁght or ﬂight area of the brain) and transporting them to the hippocampus (brain area responsible for long term memory). EFT is one of the fastest ways to locate these frozen emotions/ experiences and reintegrate them into the psyche.
Robert Simon LAc, Dipl. Acu, BHSP, CMT graduated from Yo San University with a masters in Chinese medicine and a specialization in orthopedics. He is also a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing – a four year program in energy healing and somatic psychology. Additionally, he is a certiﬁed massage therapist and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Asian Studies.