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Moxibustion

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Moxibustion or Moxa  burns a herb called Artemis Vulgaris or ‘mugwort’ on or near an Acupuncture point to warm the body, increasing both yin and blood flow within the body. The warming and energetic properties of the mugwort leaf is used to improve circulation, warm and relax tense muscles, relieve pain and promote relaxation and wellbeing as well as influence the movement of Qi and blood within the meridians.

Moxibustion is commonly performed in 2 ways. Direct or indirectly.

Directly

By lighting moxa cones that are placed onto the skin directly onto acupuncture points. These can be placed directly on the skin or applied to an acupuncture needle. These can be also be smokeless or smokey.

Indirectly

 By lighting moxa sticks which are burned near the skin, and using the heat from moxa balms and heat lamps to warm acupuncture points.

Moxibustion is often used to treat painful muscle conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia as it disperses cold and damp which make these conditions worse. It can also benefit chest conditions such as bronchitis, asthma and cystic fibrosis for the same reasons. It has been found very beneficial for warming up the abdomen easing digestive conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome IBS and period pain; it helps in painful menstrual conditions such as endometriosis and poly cystic ovarian syndrome PCOS. 

Western scientific research has found that moxa can stimulate the blood flow in the uterus and pelvic area, also having been used for many years in the turning of breech babies.

 Moxibustion is most famous use is in turning breech babies naturally. The Chinese believe that we waft a lit Moxa cone along Bl62 on the toe and the smoke enters the channel goes up to the womb and causing the baby to cough and turn around to get away from the smoke. I’m not convinced, but it does have a 89% success rate in turning breech babies with 0% side effects or risks while manual manipulation (External Cephalic Version) has a 50% success rate can be very uncomfortable and does carry some risks to mother and baby of placenta abruption. 

Once lit, moxa burns very slowly and the whole process is carefully monitored with your safety being of the utmost importance at all times, if at any point it feels too hot please communicate this immediately with the practitioner.

Pricing

Full session

£30 

 

(includes a full consultation and use of direct and indirect moxa, lasts approx. 45-60 minutes)

Mini Session

£15

(includes consultation and use of indirect moxa, lasts approx. 30-45 minutes)

Breech Treatment

£40

(A heating treatment using moxa specifically for correcting breech presentation. Includes coaching and moxa supplies for continuing moxibustion treatment at home for the recommended 10-day course. Typically used prior to an ECV, or when ECV has been unsuccessful and to avoid undergoing a Caesarean section)

Some treatments may not be suitable for all; this will be discussed at time of booking. Some treatments could be combined; for a lower price please discuss this with the therapist at booking. 

 

Block Booking: All block booking has a 10% discount applied; all purchases of block treatments accept fulfilment of all appointments which can be used indefinitely regardless of outcomes. 

 

Please note a 24 hour cancellation policy is in effect. Cancellation with less than 24 hours’ notice incurs a 50% fee, unattended appointments with no notice incur a 100% fee.

 

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the creation of tailor-made blends for you. These will treat not just one condition but you holistically. They may help you to unwind or feel re-energised. These blends can be given as an oil, lotion, spray or cream. They can be used within baths/showers, oil burners, atomizers and diffusers or absorbed directly into the skin via self or practitioner massage. 

Aromatherapy uses the plants essences to therapeutically aid the body either via inhalation of vapours or massaging into the skin allowing the chemical compounds of the oil to enter the bodies bloodstream.

Each essential oil has its own unique properties however most blends help to reduce anxiety, ease depression, boost energy levels and speed up the healing process of the body which aids pain reduction and improved digestion and circulation. Essential oils are a concentrated liquid containing a plants aroma-producing chemical property. They can be harvested from a plants flowers, leaves, stalks, bark, rind, seeds or roots. They can have both a relaxant calmative property and an invigorating stimulation property depending on the individual plant selected. These plants are typically crushed and distilled to release their chemical compounds and require a carrier oil to be safely administered. 

Is It Safe?

Natural does not automatically mean safe. Essential oils are no exception to the rule. 

  

Most essential oil varieties can be toxic when ingested and therefore should definitely not be taken orally. Inhaling or applying essential oils to the skin in small doses is likely safe depending on the oils selected and the overall health of the person involved.

 

This is why it is important to consult a qualified Aromatherapist or Herbalist before using Essential Oils.

What Are The Side Effects?

In general, aromatherapy massage is very safe, suitable for babies, children, adults and the elderly as this is performed by a qualified aromatherapist who has selected the essential oils, carrier oils and the strengths based on your consultation.  As with all of the treatments though they are very powerful healing tools and may cause you to experience some mild reactions while the body is rebalancing itself. 

These common side effects include:

• Dizziness, Nausea or light headedness as you get up (lowers BP)

• Cold or flu like symptoms

• Increased toilet habits

• Altered perspiration

• Deep vivid dreams difficulty in sleeping

• headaches

• Aching and soreness

These reactions are temporary and should clear in 24 hours theses are positive signs that your body has responded to the treatment.

Contra-Indications to Treatments?

Are there reasons I cant have treatment?

With all therapies there will be a few conditions which may limit or prevent treatments from going ahead these include:

• Blood Pressure – treatment may be limited if BP is too Low and Refused if too High for safety reasons.

• Thrombosis / Embolism –if you have a current thrombosis/DVT, a history of Haemorrhage or taking medication for this i.e. Warfarin. Treatment may be limited or refused.

• Epilepsy –No electrical stimulation treatment is allowed.

• Diabetes – treatment can alter the insulin levels so need to be aware and closely monitored. Limited in insulin dependent only.

• Severe bruising – treatment will be limited.

• Inflammation – treatment will be limited.

• Cuts & abrasions– treatment will be limited.

• Recent operations– treatment will be limited or may be refused especially if post-op is less than a month.

• Fractures & sprains– treatment will be limited.

• Infectious skin diseases – treatment will be refused for condition such as: impetigo, shingles, Herpes Simplex, Ringworm, Scabies, Conjunctivitis, MRSA, Warts, Verrucae’s.

• Skin Disorders – treatment will be limited and possibly refused with conditions such as: Psoriasis, Eczema, Dermatitis, Acne Vulgaris, Vitiligo, Rosacea, Chloasma.

• Pregnancy – treatment will be refused in the first trimester of pregnancy and limited throughout the second two trimesters.

• Cancer – treatment will be limited.

Please inform the practitioner about any of these conditions at the time of booking.

Pricing

Shoulders/ Head

£30 

(approx. 20 minutes)

Back

£30 

(approx. 25-30 minutes)

Full Body

£50 

(approx. 60 minutes)

Full Body & Facial

£60 

(approx. 60-90 minutes)

Blends Only

from£15 

(approx. 20 minutes)

Leg/Arm

£20 

(approx. 15-20 minutes)

Some treatments may not be suitable for all; this will be discussed at time of booking. Some treatments could be combined; for a lower price please discuss this with the therapist at booking. 

 

Block Booking: All block booking has a 10% discount applied; all purchases of block treatments accept fulfilment of all appointments which can be used indefinitely regardless of outcomes. 

 

Please note a 24 hour cancellation policy is in effect. Cancellation with less than 24 hours’ notice incurs a 50% fee, unattended appointments with no notice incur a 100% fee.