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Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils distilled from various parts of plants to help aid in the healing response. The distillation process reduces the plants to an oil that can be infused in the air producing an aroma taken in through our sense of smell or can be applied to the skin where it is absorbed. Essential oils can effect moods because they are made up of chemicals that have different properties. For example: German Blue Chamomile, an anti-inflammatory, composed of 15 carbon atoms, is used to help resolve fevers and skin inflammations because it is cooling and gentle to the skin. I use essential oils therapeutically in my practice to treat elemental imbalances.

Cupping

Cupping is an ancient technique, used in many cultures, in which a special cup is applied to the skin and held in place by suction. The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup, which may either be left in place or moved along the body. Cupping brings fresh blood to the area and helps improve circulation. Traditional cupping, sometimes referred to as “fire cupping," uses heat to create a vacuum-like suction inside of glass cups. In modern times, cups that use a small pump to create suction have also been introduced.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion involves the heating of acupuncture points with smoldering mugwort herb (known as moxa). Moxibustion stimulates circulation, counteracts cold and dampness in the body, and promotes the smooth flow of blood and qi. This safe, non-invasive technique may be used alone, but it is generally used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment.

Reflexology

Reflexology is the practice of working the reflexes in the hands and feet that correspond to other parts of the body. Reflexology is a completely safe form of therapy, as well as being a very relaxing and pleasant experience.
The purpose of a series of sessions is to normalize your body’s functioning to help break down tension, alleviate stress, and to improve nerve functioning and blood supply throughout the body.

Tui Na

Tui na means "pushing grasping," and is a powerful form of Chinese medical bodywork. Based on the same Oriental medical principles as acupuncture, tui na seeks to improve the flow of qi through the meridian channels. Tui na is particularly effective for conditions involving muscles, tendons and joints, such as structural misalignment, orthopedic problems and sports injuries. It can also be used to treat internal diseases. 

Zero Balancing

Zero Balancing (ZB) is a simple yet powerful hands-on bodywork system that focuses on the whole person. The hallmarks of ZB are the integration of a person’s energy with their body structure; creating clearer, stronger fields of energy in the body/mind while balancing energy in the densest tissues of the body, the bone and skeletal system. Everything in a ZB session is designed to promote maximum relaxation and a sense of well being.  

Sharon Gordon, M.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
251 Jefferson Street, Suite 202
Waldoboro, Maine 04572