This is a customized acupuncture session where you will be able to lay on our infrared heated amethyst BioMat and get a relaxing acupuncture treatment followed by cupping of tight muscles of the shoulders and back. Most of us have stress in our lives of one kind or another and unfortunately this has become the status quo of this century despite modern advances in technology and living conditions. Stress becomes an issue when you are living in an activated sympathetic nervous state for extended periods of time, leaving you fatigued, chronically ill or causes sleep disorders. Finding ways to get yourself out of the fight or flight mode and restore to a healthier state of being will benefit you and acupuncture can help.
Acupuncture for Stress
Not everyone who receives acupuncture may experience this, but often when I come in to close up an acupuncture session, someone will say “I fell asleep, I think”, or “my limbs jerked and it startled me, is that normal?”, or “no, I didn’t sleep but I was in an altered state that helped me work through some stuff or things on my mind”. I too, experience what I have come to call “acu land” but what may be scientifically considered a hypnagogic state. Our brain waves fluctuate depending on our conscious and unconscious state as we drift into stages of relaxation and sleep. W hen we start to doze off to sleep, the first stage is Alpha brain wave activity “quiet wakefulness”, which is marked by physical and mental relaxation. Stage 2 is non-REM sleep but is a more sleepy state marked by Theta waves. Hypnagogia is thought to be between Alpha and Theta waves of the brain. Science shows that when we get out of our Beta (our daytime wakefulness) and into our Alpha state (as I believe happens in Acupuncture sessions for an extended amount of time), we “put ourselves in the ideal condition to learn new information, perform elaborate tasks, learn languages, and analyze complex situations.” The hypnagogic state is also said to be when a person is most creative.
The BioMat is a mat that is on the massage table that provides warmth and “stimulates ion channels by producing negative ions that deliver energy to the cells of the body”. The BioMat contains a top layer of pure amethyst, which allow the far infrared rays and negative ions to penetrate the body. Far infrared heat raises the body’s surface temperature and helps to promote circulation and warms the muscles and joints that it contacts. Laying on the BioMat is relaxing and soothing.
Many people tend to hold stress in their shoulders and upper back. It is so common for us to spend many hours at the computer or when stressed, these muscles can be the first to tighten up. Cupping can help bring blood flow to the muscles by applying negative pressure to tight muscles, which helps them release tension. Massage oil can also be applied, and the cups can be moved along the sore muscles, acting like a deep skin rolling massage, that helps break up adhesions in the fascia, resulting in a “looser” feeling.