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Toyohari Acupuncture

 

 

What is Toyohari? Toyohari is a form of East Asian acupuncture, based on a refined system of Japanese Meridian Therapy.  Toyohari is known for its gentle, delicate technique that involves non-insertion needling to bring about healing. With this simple and basic approach, the needle is simply touched to the skin and not inserted. This method is one of many techniques of this specialized tradition that is just as effective as when the needle is inserted into the skin.

 

Who can benefit from Toyohari? Toyohari-style acupuncture is a favorable treatment option for ANYONE, especially those who have a fear of needles or simply dislike the thought of needles! It is also a great option for anyone with fragile, sensitive skin and tissues.  Toyohari is used to treat any condition and/or illness that traditional acupuncture can. A calming alternative, most people fall asleep during treatment! Of course, there is always the option of "traditional acupuncture" that involves having the needles inserted into the skin.  Both techniques are available according to individual needs and preferences. Our Health and Wholeness acupuncturist is a certified member of the Toyohari Medical Association of North America and Japan. 

 

 


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Acupuncture and Cupping

 

 

WHAT IS CUPPING AND HOW DOES IT WORK? Cupping is one of the oldest methods of treating diseases.  Promoted by people of many different cultures around the world, past and present, cupping has been used to mobilize blood flow within the skin and underlying tissues in order to promote healing.  It is called “cupping” because the instruments used resemble small cups or jars that are applied to the skin in such a way that they create a local suction.  In ancient times, the cups were made of animal horn or bamboo.   Since then, the materials for making the cups and the methods involved have greatly improved.  Today the cups are made of wide range of materials including glass, plastic, and silicone. Cupping is commonly used in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance the healing effects of treatment. Having tremendous therapeutic effects of its own, cupping is oftentimes used alone as well.There are many types and methods of cupping available today.  Our acupuncturist uses glass cups that are equipped with one-way valves. As the cups are placed on the skin, a hand-held pump draws the air out of the glass through the valves, creating a mild suction. This technique anchors the cup to the skin and pulls it upward on the inside of the glass. Drawing up the skin in this fashion is believed to open up the pores of the skin and stimulate the flow of blood. It is known to clear obstructions in the flow of energy through the body’s meridians (energy pathways) and creates an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body. Our acupuncturist also uses cups made of soft silicone.  With this method, massage oil is first applied to the skin enabling the cups to be moved around with effects similar to a deep tissue massage. The type of cup used depends upon the indication and the part of the body involved.

 

WHAT CONDITIONS DOES CUPPING TREAT? As cupping creates a local suction, some subcutaneous and muscle tissue is also drawn up into the cup. For this reason, cupping can be used to treat a wide array of musculoskeletal issues.  Besides being an excellent treatment modality for many types of sports injuries, cupping is also a wonderful remedy for everyday aches and pains as it helps muscles to relax and release tension.  It is great for arthritic joint conditions and helps improve range of motion.  Cupping can also used to treat a broad range of medical conditions and certain systemic diseases throughout the entire body.

 

WHAT WILL I EXPERIENCE? First and foremost, cupping is not painful! There are some cupping methods in which many cups are applied to the skin and left on for 15 minutes or more.  This prolonged suction causes large, deep bruises to form on the skin where the cups are applied. 

 

Our acupuncturist does not use these methods! In our Acupuncture Spa, each glass cup that is applied is then removed almost instantly, bringing about the same therapeutic effects.  There is no need to leave the cups on.  Therefore, there is never a visible sign that the cup was ever there. Besides the glass cups, our acupuncturist also uses soft, pliable silicone cups that are flexible and conform to the surface of the skin.  With this cupping method, massage oil is used to lubricate the skin so that the cup can be moved freely over the area without breaking the suction.  This type of cupping feels just like a deep tissue massage.  Our clients love it, especially when preceded by a hot moist towel! After cupping treatment, drinking a lot of water is highly recommended to help circulate the blood and other fluids through the tissues in the areas affected. Drinking water will also help the kidneys eliminate any toxins that are released from the tissues as a result of the cupping. Cupping is never unpleasant or uncomfortable. Many people experience a sense of restored energy as well as pain reduction following cupping treatment.  

 

 


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Acupuncture and Moxibustion

 

 

Acupuncture can be used alone or in conjunction with a wide variety of tools and techniques.  As an integral part of his/her extensive training, every acupuncturist learns how to effectively apply very specific ancillary modalities that are designed to beautifully enhance the healing effect of acupuncture treatment.  One such therapeutic modality is known as moxibustion, commonly referred to as “moxa.”  Though commonly used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxa has such powerful therapeutic effects that it is oftentimes used alone.

 

WHAT IS MOXIBUSTION AND HOW DOES IT WORK? Moxibustion treats and helps prevent disease by applying heat to acupuncture points or certain locations on the body. The heat penetrates and spreads out, delivering a unique kind of herbal medicine into the energy pathways (meridians) and deep into the body tissues.  For this reason, moxa is particularly favored by our clients who experience sports-related injuries!  The penetration of heat accompanied by the medicinal action of the herb is scientifically proven to benefit the body, promoting health and wellness in the following variety of ways: *Helps to heal injured tissues, restoring function. *Alleviates painful symptoms by promoting the smooth flow of energy through the meridians. *Enhances the immune system. *Stimulates the release of endorphins (the “happy chemicals”) in the brain. *Helps to regulate menstrual issues. *Regulates the function of body organs such as the kidneys, bladder, and intestines. *Warms the entire body no matter where it is applied--wonderful in the winter months. The material used in moxibustion is referred to as “moxa-wool,” a dried woolly substance made from a species of chrysanthemum known as Artemesia vulgaris.  Moxa was widely used in China over 3500 years ago even before the advent of acupuncture, as ancient healers extolled its medicinal virtues.  Throughout prior centuries and into the present, Artemesia vulgaris has been the herb of choice; and moxa continues to be applied in much the same way as it was in ancient times.   It is just as valued today. It should be noted that Moxibustion treatment is not something you will find just anywhere. It must only be applied by a licensed acupuncturist trained in its application.

 

WHAT WILL I EXPERIENCE? Above all, please note that moxa does not burn the skin! The most sensation you will experience is a very pleasant mild heat on the surface of the skin. Moxa comes in many forms, from long sticks that are waved over the skin to small cones that are placed directly on the skin. The form of moxa used is dependent upon the location and the indication.  A moxa cone is lit with a fragrant sandalwood incense stick, so no flame ever comes close to the body.  Once lit, each cone is allowed to burn down only two-thirds of the way and then is quickly removed.  The moxa itself produces a non-irritating smoke with a pleasant odor that never seems to bother even our clients who have severe allergies and/or asthma.  Most people really like the scent and say it makes them feel really good! Many of our clients fall asleep during moxa treatment! Some even experience a sense of euphoria.  It is very relaxing aspect of acupuncture treatment!  

 

 


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Acupuncture and Cupping

What is "Cupping" and how does it work? Written by Theresa L. Spradlin M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) Cupping is one of the oldest methods of treating diseases, and has been promoted by people of many different cultures around the world. Past and present, cupping has been used to mobilize blood flow within the skin and underlying tissues in order to promote healing.  It is called “cupping” because the instruments used resemble small cups or jars that are applied to the skin in such a way that they create a local suction. In ancient times, the cups were made of animal horn or bamboo. Since then, the materials for making the cups and the methods involved have greatly improved...today the cups are made of a wide range of materials including glass, plastic, and silicone. Cupping is commonly used in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance the healing effects of treatment. There are many types and methods of cupping available today. Our acupuncturist uses glass cups that are equipped with one-way valves. As the cups are placed on the skin, a hand-held pump draws the air out of the glass through the valves, creating a mild suction. This technique anchors the cup to the skin and pulls it upward on the inside of the glass. Drawing up the skin in this fashion is believed to open up the pores of the skin and stimulate the flow of blood. It is known to clear obstructions in the flow of energy through the body’s meridians (energy pathways) and creates an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body. Our acupuncturist also uses cups made of silicone. The type of cup used depends upon the indication and the part of the body involved. WHAT CONDITIONS DOES CUPPING TREAT? As cupping creates a local suction, some subcutaneous and muscle tissue is also drawn up into the cup. For this reason, cupping can be used to treat a wide array of musculoskeletal issues. Besides being an excellent treatment modality for many types of sports injuries, cupping is also a wonderful remedy for everyday aches and pains as it helps muscles to relax and release tension. It is great for arthritic joint conditions and helps improve range of motion. Cupping can also used to treat a broad range of medical conditions and certain systemic diseases throughout the entire body. WHAT WILL I EXPERIENCE? First and foremost, cupping is not painful! There are some cupping methods in which many cups are applied to the skin and left on for 15 minutes or more. This prolonged suction causes large, deep bruises to form on the skin where the cups are applied.  Our acupuncturist does not use these methods! In our Acupuncture Spa, each glass cup that is applied is then removed almost instantly, bringing about the same therapeutic effects (there is no need to leave the cups on!) Therefore, there is never a visible sign that the cup was ever there. Besides the glass cups, our acupuncturist also uses soft, pliable silicone cups that are flexible and conform to the surface of the skin. With this cupping method, massage oil is used to lubricate the skin so that the cup can be moved freely over the area without breaking the suction. This type of cupping feels just like a deep tissue massage. Our clients love it, especially when preceded by a hot, moist towel! After cupping treatment, drinking a lot of water is highly recommended to help circulate the blood and other fluids through the tissues in the areas affected. Drinking water will also help the kidneys eliminate any toxins that are released from the tissues as a result of the cupping. Cupping is never unpleasant or uncomfortable! In fact, many people experience a sense of restored energy as well as pain reduction following cupping treatment. Check out more offerings on our Acupuncture page and schedule an appointment today! Weekend and evening appointments are always available. Health and Wholeness is a multifaceted fitness and wellness business serving Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, featuring: Private and Semi-Private Personal Training, Circuit and Mat Pilates classes, Muscle Activation Techniques, Run Coaching, Fitness Boot Camps, Nutrition Consultations and Food Sensitivity Testing, Acupuncture, Massage, Wellness Coaching, Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Soaks and more. Come check us out today!

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*New* Studio A's "Acupuncture Spa"

Written by Theresa L. Spradlin M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) Welcome to the Health and Wholeness Acupuncture Studio that now offers the full spa experience of getting pampered while being treated for your health issues! Our acupuncture clients can now experience the unexpected pleasure of having hot towels, infrared heat, and essential oils applied to their aches and pains as part of their treatment. Imagine having a relaxing foot massage during acupuncture treatment with a soothing herbal therapy pillow draped warmly across your tired neck and shoulders while listening to soft music - it doesn't get much better than this! This is exactly what you can expect during each acupuncture treatment... In addition, our acupuncturist works with only one person at a time, so you have her undivided attention throughout your treatment. You won’t be hurried out the door either, as each session lasts over an hour, giving you ample opportunity to truly savor the experience! Our Acupuncture Studio, with all the comforts and atmosphere of a true spa, will help you forget your aches and pains and make you feel instantly relaxed, warm, and rejuvenated! Start your New Year right by being pampered in a very unique fashion designed to promote relaxation and enhance well-being and health. Schedule an appointment today! Weekend and evening appointments are always available. We look forward to serving you at our newest spa! Health and Wholeness is a multifaceted fitness and wellness business serving Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, featuring: Private and Semi-Private Personal Training, Circuit and Mat Pilates classes, Muscle Activation Techniques, Run Coaching, Fitness Boot Camps, Nutrition Consultations and Food Sensitivity Testing, Acupuncture, Massage, Wellness Coaching, Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Soaks and more. Come check us out today!

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Acupuncture Q&A: Will I Need a lot of Needles?

Question: How many needles will an acupuncturist use during a treatment? Answer: That depends mostly on each individual. A typical acupuncture treatment can range anywhere from 10-20 needles. Sometimes fewer are used and occasionally more can be used if needed. In the beginning, our acupuncturist tends to use fewer needles. By using less, she is able to more precisely know which points prove most effective for your unique body, rather than have to guess which ones of many were effective or use more needles than necessary. One major benefit of using fewer needles is that there is a smaller chance of over-stimulation. Too many needles can be as bad or worse than too few. As you have successive treatments, our acupuncturist comes to understand your body more specifically, and she may use more needles as time progresses than when you first started coming because she will discover other areas that may need to be addressed. Health and Wholeness is a multifaceted fitness and wellness business serving Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, featuring: Private and Semi-Private Personal Training, Circuit and Mat Pilates classes, Muscle Activation Techniques, Fitness Boot Camps, Nutrition Consultations and Food Sensitivity Testing, Acupuncture, Massage, Wellness Coaching, Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Soaks and more. Come check us out today!

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Going the Extra "Yard" with Neal's Yard Remedies

What do Frankincense and Orange have in common? These lovely and invigorating scents are all part of the NEW body care line we're offering at Health and Wholeness. The UK's first Certified Organic health and beauty company -- Neal's Yard Remedies (NYR) -- is now on our studios' shelves! In our constant effort to offer you the best of the best, we're introducing NYR, a London-based company who pioneered the way for bio-dynamic practices in cosmetics 30 years ago. All NYR products are beyond organic, with standards that go beyond "just ingredients" and focus on how they are grown to maximize the products efficacy and the environmental impact. Plus, let's be real...they smell GREAT, too! (If that's what you consider the most important factor!) It's time to toss out those toxic lotions and scrubs you've accumulated in your closet and do something good for your skin! There's nothing fake in NYR formulas...just pure essentials that do wonderful things for your body, mind and mood. Don't wait to indulge your senses with our luxurious samples: try the hand cream, deodorant, powder and body salve next time you're in the studio! Rejuvenating Frankincense
  • The blend of firming, toning and deeply nourishing natural ingredients is a favorite among all who try it!
  • Pearls of Frankincense are sourced in a sustainable way from trees that grow wild - far from agricultural land and contamination by pesticides and polluting chemical fertilizers.
  • Enhanced with elasticity-boosting plant extracts to visibly firm the skin and fight signs of aging the natural way!
Nourishing Orange Flower
  • Great for dry skin, this leaves skin feeling re-hydrated, soft and supple.
  • A replenishing and elasticity-boosting blend of organic orange flower and nourishing plant extracts.
  • While not overpowering, the fragrance leaves a fresh, pretty scent while smoothing and moisturizing very dry skin.
Want more? Check out the  NYR catalog and "shop" for some great products (that are good for you and the environment!) And when you schedule a facial acupuncture appointment with our amazing acupuncturist, you'll get a first-hand experience with Neal's Yard Remedies. So go ahead...rub, scrub, later and savor... your skin and senses will thank you! Health and Wholeness is a multifaceted fitness and wellness business serving Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, featuring: Private and Semi-Private Personal Training, Circuit and Mat Pilates classes, Muscle Activation Techniques, Fitness Boot Camps, Nutrition Consultations and Food Sensitivity Testing, Acupuncture, Massage, Wellness Coaching, Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Soaks and more.

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Acupuncture Q&A: How Often Should I Schedule?

I'm new to this Acupuncture thing...How often should I schedule a treatment? There is not a set answer to that question, but rather something to discuss with your acupuncturist. Based on your personal preference, a typical treatment schedule varies depending on four factors: 1. How long the issue that brought you in has been a problem. 2. How acute your problem is. 3. How new you are to acupuncture. 4. How well you’re doing managing other important aspects of wellness (for example, your sleep schedule and diet). Like anything else in the "wellness world," there really are no quick fixes. To be effective, acupuncture should be done somewhat regularly. Most treatment plans involve coming 2-3 times a week in the beginning, then backing off to 1-2 times a month, and then coming at least once a month. The more familiar you become to acupuncture, the more you will know when you're due for another visit, and also when it's time to address something else in your life that may be out of balance. Acupuncture tends to find its niche in people’s lives as the modality that seems to help when other measures don’t quite get at the root of the problem. Read more questions, answers and information about acupuncture on our website to see if it's a fit for you! Health and Wholeness is a multifaceted fitness and wellness business serving Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, featuring: Private and Semi-Private Personal Training, Circuit and Mat Pilates classes, Muscle Activation Techniques, Fitness Boot Camps, Nutrition Consultations and Food Sensitivity Testing, Acupuncture, Massage, Wellness Coaching, Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Soaks and more.

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Acupuncture Q&A: Will Those Needles Hurt?

I'm not a huge fan of needles. Even looking at them scares me! Does Acupuncture hurt? Rarely! Occasionally there is a touch of discomfort at the moment a needle is inserted. But if you’ve ever sewn something and lived through a pinprick then you’ll have no problem with acupuncture. Acupuncture needles are so small (about the width of a hair, which is a lot smaller than needles you sew with) that many times people don’t even notice they have gone in. For the ones you do notice it is usually a non-event and the feeling doesn’t last more than a few seconds at most. How does an acupuncturist choose where to insert the needles? Well, that mostly depends on you. From both your written and verbal descriptions of why you come in for acupuncture in the first place, to the strength of your pulses and the clues your body gives when touched, a skilled acupuncturist can discern where the body needs the most support and where to begin. Sometimes the place to put the needles is right at the epicenter of your discomfort. Other times, the place where you feel pain is just an indicator that there is another problem elsewhere that needs to be addressed first. Oftentimes, many different ailments share a similar root issue, for example: Less-than-optimal digestion can create a host of symptoms nowhere near the digestive tract. Or in other cases, one joint might ache because another is overworked and not operating like it should, thus causing "referral pain." Everything about acupuncture is that it's personalized and holistic. If you want to understand what your acupuncturist is doing, just ask! He or she would be delighted to tell you! Health and Wholeness is a multifaceted fitness and wellness business serving Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, featuring: Private and Semi-Private Personal Training, Circuit and Mat Pilates classes, Muscle Activation Techniques, Fitness Boot Camps, Nutrition Consultations and Food Sensitivity Testing, Acupuncture, Massage, Wellness Coaching, Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Soaks and more.

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Acupuncture Q&A: Stress and how to deal with it!

Question: I have a lot of stress...Will acupuncture help that? Answer: Absolutely!  If you saw our post about acupuncture and relaxation, you’ll know that acupuncture can be a fantastic tool for helping you deal with stress. All the stress we have - no matter the form - eventually takes a toll on our adrenal glands. These two tiny glands sit like little "Napoleon hats" on top of your kidneys, and though they're small, they serve a big purpose! Adrenal exhaustion is a common problem in our society due to high-pressure work environments, hectic social lives, poor nutrition and non-food additives such as caffeine, environmental toxins, and even the stress that comes from family and friends. Not all stress is necessarily bad - and sometimes we need a little dose of it - but too much too often will overload our systems and create problems for us physically, mentally, and emotionally. Thankfully, acupuncture is one way to rejuvenate your adrenals and keep you moving in a "de-stressed" state, despite your busy schedule. By targeting specific points related to your stress management system, acupuncture directs blood flow and nerve energy to the areas of your body that are most affected by stress. If you're suffering from stress-induced headaches, stomachaches or any other "ache" and have not tried acupuncture, you’ve got to see what you’re missing! Who knew it would take needles to help you feel so relaxed? Health and Wholeness is a multifaceted fitness and wellness business serving Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia featuring: Private and Semi-Private Personal Training as well as Pilates, Muscle Activation Techniques, Fitness Boot Camps, Nutrition Consultations, Acupuncture, Massage, Wellness Coaching, Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Soaks and more.

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