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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 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. Cupping stimulates the circulation within the superficial muscle layers and benefits conditions such as arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, headache, common cold, and cough. Small glass or plastic cups are placed over specific areas and a vacuum is created under the cup using suction. This creates a non-painful tugging sensation on your skin. The cups are usually left in place for a period of several minutes. Sharon also employs a technique called “sliding cupping” where the cups are moved around over a large area – such as your back – to help increase circulation in the tissues. Cupping creates areas of redness which generally resolve in about three to five days. 

Guasha Therapy (pronounced “gwa-shah”) 

Similar to cupping, Guasha is a technique that is also used to release muscle tightness, pain, and constriction. A Guasha tool is used to gently scrape or rub the skin over an affected area, where muscles are tense or tight. As the practitioner scrapes, red spots will start to appear in the area. This technique simulates circulation of blood and energy to help the body resolve painful stagnation in the muscle tissues. Many people experience a significant release of muscular tension during application and after. Also similar to cupping, the redness will dissipate in three to five days.


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. Like acupuncture, moxa is used for wide variety of disorders and is effective with many conditions. While filaments can move energy and build or “tonify” the organ systems of the body, moxa is a way to actually add energy.

Topical Liniments and Herbal Plasters 

Sharon uses topical liniments and plasters which are very helpful in reducing pain, inflammation, swelling, and speeding the healing process. Liniments are liquids applied directly to the skin, while plasters are Chinese herbs embedded in a cloth backing which are applied to the skin much like a large band-aid.


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.

Vibrational Therapy with Ohm Tuning Forks

Reach a deep state of relaxation & experience a restored sense of well being as you lie comfortably while 2 mid-ohm tuning forks are symmetrically placed on acupoints on each side of the body to relax the muscles, promote the flow of energy, relieve stress and revitalize the body and mind.

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.  


Attention Veterans:

This Practice Is Now Registered with the Veterans Choice Program under Health Net

The Senate approved a bill the President signed into law authorizing $5.2 billion to extend the current Veterans Choice Program for one year while the VA enacts reforms to expand private care options. Here is a Link to the description of the VA Mission Act 


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