Welcome to Abundant Life Well-Being with Lea Siebert!
Abundant Life Well-Being is able to offer you a wide array of holistic health services. Drawing from our multi-modal “tool box” of services, which include acupuncture, hypnotherapy, Reiki and massage, we are well equipped to help you find relief from stress, injuries, illnesses, or discomfort. We are also a good source for help with maintaining good health and even improving your performance in sports or work.
We offer a variety of massages, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, Pain Neutralization Techniques (PNT), and combination treatment options, such as “acussage” or “hypnopuncture”, as well as herbal and nutritional consultations. See our “Services” page for more information. Gift certificates are available.
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine includes Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, massage, mind-body work of meditation and/or mind/spirit awareness, dietary therapy and exercises like Tai Chi or Qi Gong. 5,000 years old, this type of medicine is based on an energetic model rather than the biochemical model of Western medicine. The Chinese medical model looks at the body as an energetic form and sees how imbalances of the energy ultimately create physical symptoms. The physical body works in
Since TCM views the body as a whole, the imbalances may show up as seemingly unrelated problems, but to a trained Chinese practitioner, they paint a picture of the entire body’s health. Besides a detailed interview, TCM uses an intricate system of pulse and tongue diagnosis, palpation of points, and other signs and symptoms to create a composite Oriental medicine diagnosis. A treatment plan is then formulated to encourage the body towards health and homeostasis. The greatest strength of TCM is the unique ability to restore and maintain the body’s health by promoting self-healing.
What can a client expect?
Many conditions may be alleviated very rapidly by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (i.e. stress, headaches, acute back pain, depression, acute pain conditions, respiratory disorders). However, some conditions that have arisen over a number of years will be relieved only with slow, steady progress. As in any form of healing, the patient’s diet, determination, attitude and lifestyle will affect the outcome of a course of treatment. You should notice a response to treatments by at least the third or fourth visit. In some cases, the practitioner may recommend herbs or dietary, exercise, or lifestyle changes, and clients are encouraged to actively participate in their healing process. Although Oriental medicine can treat most conditions, there are circumstances that can be dealt with more effectively, or in conjunction with, Western medicine. In such cases, your acupuncturist will recommend that you contact a Western medical doctor.
Is Acupuncture painful or relaxing?
Acupuncture bears no resemblance to the feeling of receiving an injection, since the main source of pain from injections is the larger diameter, hollow needle and the medication being forced into the tissue by pressure. Acupuncture needles (“pins”) are very fine and flexible, about the diameter of a human hair. In most cases, you may feel a sense of tingling, heaviness, numbness, or warmth in the area. Most people find the treatments to be very relaxing and many even fall asleep during treatment.
All acupuncture needles are manufactured under the strictest guidelines, and are completely sterile. They are used only once and are disposed of immediately.
To increase the relaxation experience or to reduce anxiety before a first treatment (when people new to acupuncture haven’t yet experienced the gentleness of the treatment), practice deep breathing: while lying prone, place one hand on your chest and one hand below your navel; proper relaxing breathing results in the abdominal hand rising and falling while the chest hand remains fairly still. Breathing should be slow so that one can count to at least four (even ten) during each inhalation and exhalation. If you tend to be a shallow breather (neither hand moving much) or a chest breather, or if you tend to hold your breath when nervous, the fight-or-flight response will be further heightened increasing the anxiety (and possibly the sensitivity to the needles as muscles will also be unconsciously tightened in a defensive manner and the “protective qi” will rise to the surface of the skin making skin more sensitive). Abdominal breathing relaxes the nervous system and the mind.
Mindful QiGong deep breathing is also a great method for remaining relaxed while dealing with rush hour traffic!!!
What is an Acupuncture session like?
After filling out a questionnaire about your overall health, the practitioner will ask you questions that may seem unrelated to the reason you are there, but the answers help to develop a more complete picture of your health and form the basis to the Oriental medicine diagnosis. The practitioner will look at your tongue, and take your pulse at both of your wrists to further refine this diagnosis. Then, depending on the treatment, you may be asked to lay face up or face down, the pins (tiny needles) will be inserted according to the diagnosis. Many of the points are below the elbows and below the knees, and if the need arises to get undressed, you will be fully draped to keep you warm and protect your modesty. There may be times that a liniment, a heat lamp, or moxa (mugwort) may be used to heat a region or point. While pins are usually left in between 15 and 25 minutes, there may be times where that will vary. Sessions will probably vary as your condition changes and improves.
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