That shoulder pain, anxiety, or insomnia is often linked to something deeper going on. In other words, those conditions might be the branches of a condition that is really the root of your issue. So, we go deep. We figure out if it’s discontent at work, a deep fear, or a past breakup that’s at the heart of your condition(s), and we take the steps to resolve it from the source. The result? Amazing efficiency and the resolution of several complaints in minimal sessions.
The Thrive Holistics personality is a lot of zen mixed with the right amount of Type A. You’ll be met with enthusiasm and will feel like you have a partner in your healthcare – because you do. The success rate speaks for itself – over 97% of clients report significant changes in their acute conditions within 3 sessions.
Life can be tough, and the stress of everyday living can create a lot of tension in the body. One of the best ways to relieve tension quickly is by laughing and smiling. Each session at Thrive Holistics is engineered to create an energy of calm, relaxation, and fun. So, we’ll laugh. We might joke. And you’ll feel better because of it.
Traditional Chinese medicine has developed over a period of at least 3,000 years and includes acupuncture, herbology, massage, nutrition and qi gong. It is a powerful, profound and complete system of healing.
One of the basic principles of Chinese medicine is balance. When our bodies are balanced, we are in an ideal state of health. This can mean feeling relaxed (but focused), energetic (but not frenetic), having a body that moves with ease, and having an appropriate range and depth of emotions for our lifestyle.
Sometimes we’re born with a condition; but often, a condition of imbalance is a result of lifestyle. Some example include:
Let’s think about the body as a system of pathways. We have pathways that deliver oxygen, blood, and nutrients to every part of the body. Chinese medicine operates based on a series of energetic pathways (called meridians) in the body.
We know that physical blockages in the body cause problems (think about cholesterol clogging an artery). Energetic blockages, or blockages of qi, cause unwanted conditions as well.
Ideally, we want everything (from food to emotions) to come into the body, serve its purpose, and flow out of the body. If we have blockages in our body, it becomes difficult for energy, blood, food, and air to flow properly. I usually explain this process to my patients with the “subway analogy”:
Let’s say you’re on a crowded subway car during Monday morning rush hour…and someone accidentally bumps into you. You feel the initial emotions (pain, discomfort, or annoyance). When the train arrives at the next stop and you get off, you should be able to forget about the bump and move on with your day. But, let’s say you can’t. You keep thinking about how annoying it was. You tell your co-workers (multiple times). You think about it all day. You might even have trouble falling asleep because of that bump. You wake up the next day and you still have it on your mind. But, now your neck is starting to ache and you’re exhausted because you kept waking up and thinking about that bump.
Does this sound excessive? It may, because it was only a bump on a subway ride…but, we all have had an experience like this. Whether it’s an old heartbreak, a recent loss, stress on the job or a fight with a family member, we’ve all done this. And our emotions can energetically get locked into the body and create imbalances like insomnia, menstrual irregularities, muscle aches and pains, digestive problems. It’s kind of like a massive traffic jam inside of the pathways of your body – instead of emotions flowing through the body, they can get stuck there for years.
An acupuncturist uses acupuncture needles as a way to release these blocks and restore the natural flow to the body. There are over 300 specific points located on the meridians of the body, and they are combined in countless ways to treat conditions in the body.