Acupuncture is the oldest and the most commonly used medical procedure in the world. Acupuncture and herbal medicine, are the essential elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) but there are other components of TCM as well.
• Tuina (Chinese medical massage)
• External Applications (guasha, moxlbustion, cupping, liniments, etc.)
• Zheng Gu (soft tissue, joint mobilization)
• Qi Gong/Thai Chi (movement, life preservation excercises)
• Diet (food as medicine)
These individual components interact and support one another through the unique networks of points, channels and organs that make up the human body. The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as being an effective treatment for many common ailments.
After more than 18 years as a massage therapist, Gina Michael L.Ac, LMT has developed a unique healing style that employs orthopedic sensibilities and Chinese medicine, lending itself well to pain relief, improved flexibility, recovery from injury, enhanced relaxation and improved overall wellness.
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Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles at specific points which have defined therapeutic actions. Acupuncture treatments focus on returning patients to health by restoring the flow of Qi, removing blockages, balancing Yin and Yang and restoring the harmonius balance within the body.
Assessment of current condition, health history, lifestyle, pulse and tongue diagnosis. Treatments may include acupuncture, cupping, moxa, tuina, guasha, dietary and herbal recommendations.
Dependent on plants for oxygen, food, clothing, shelter, spiritual insight and medicine; humans have relied on plant allies for hundreds of thousands of years. Evidence from the middle Paleolithic era shows that ancient humans held the knowledge of a basic pharmacopeia and some of those same herbs are still in use today.
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine and Western Herbology are utilized to address symptoms and treat the root of the problem. Capsules, tinctures, teas and external applications are frequently recommended to restore the body to wellness.
Chinese medical massage. Sessions take place on the massage table, wearing loose comfortable clothing. Generally, no creams or oils are used. A wide variety of hand techniques are used, including hallmark rolling techniques to stimulate points and meridians of the body. Sessions can be used as regulatory treatments or to treat more specific ailments. Frequently used in conjunction with acupuncture.
By creating suction and negative pressure, cupping may be used to drain excess fluids and toxins, loosen adhesions, lift connective tissue and bring blood flow to stagnant muscles and skin.
Some of the therapeutic effects of cupping include: improved lymph drainage, loosening of adhesions and scar tissue, release of deep tissues, removal of stagnation, relief of inflammation, stimulation of blood flow and sedation of the nervous system.
External heat therapy. Moxibustion or "moxa" is frequently used with acupuncture and massage techniques. Mugwort (Artemisilae Argyi) is dried, the floss is then rolled in to cones and sticks and burned above the skin to warm an area or an acupuncture point. Commonly used to relieve pain but can be helpful with gynecological issues, digestion weakness and obstetrics.
2500-year-old style of Asian bodywork. Sessions take place on a padded mat, wearing loose comfortable clothing. No creams or oils are used. A unique combination of meditation, reflexology, stretching, yoga and acupressure. “The” best therapy for maintaining healthy muscles and joints with good flexibility and range of motion. All 90 minute Traditional Thai Massage sessions have the option of including herbal heat packs at no additional charge.
A combination of traditional Thai massage and ancient herbal compressing methods. Hot compresses made from traditional Thai herbal formulas are pressed over arms, legs, back and torso. Especially beneficial for detoxifying, relaxation, pain and relief of sore, stiff muscles. Traditional Thai massage, as practiced in Thailand.
A unique reflexology style. Incorporates hot towels, powdering of the feet, reflexology point stimulation with hands and heel stick, oil massage, wrapping of the foot and leg. 90 minute sessions include techniques for the foot, lower leg and around the knee. Very thorough therapy for the foot and lower leg. Great for plantar fasciitis, leg or foot cramps, runners or anyone who spends time on their feet.
A combination of deep Swedish movements gradually working deeper into trigger point and muscle fiber therapy. Recommended for pain relief and deep relaxation of muscles.
A combination treatment incorporating facial massage, face-lifting and drainage using Massage Cupping and Foot Reflexology. This technique eliminates build-up of wastes and fluids in the face and neck; also helps soften lines of the face, as well as being a relaxing session for the feet.
After 30 years of receiving massages, Gina is surely the best.
Gina’s technique is masterful; her massages are transporting and leave me feeling restored and relaxed. Her space is soothing and welcoming. I have learned that massage is essential to my mental and physical wellbeing.
Afterwards I feel so perfect, so centered, so integrated and somehow each time, I feel better than the last. She knows what to work on without me even having to tell her. Best bodywork ever.
Gina has been a lifesaver for me!
She cares deeply about her clients and she is so dedicated to making people feel better.
I have a very stressful job and I consider my sessions with her an essential part of my healthcare from month to month.
I’ve had various “ailments” over the years and always go to Gina first and she always takes good care of me. I plan to continue seeing her for many years to come. I would highly recommend Gina!
You are very knowledgeable and apply it all, to help me feel better. I am extremely grateful and recommend your services to my patients and friends, thanks!
I am ache-free, more limber, energetic and all my gastro-intestinal issues have disappeared. I couldn’t recommend her more.
She always delivers and every member of my family leaves her sessions feeling so much better, they can’t wait to schedule another one!
Gina’s knowledge of massage and TCM is extensive and she really gives 150 percent!
First class massage therapist in many different massage techniques.
I always leave feeling better and having learned something about how to take better care of myself. Thank you, Gina.
I especially love Tuina and it’s feel good and healing aspects. Also your immune herb tincture has staved off many oncoming colds & flu. Thanks!
Thank you for all you did to prepare and heal me for the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. I did it! I could never have walked 120 miles without your help.
Thank you so much for taking care of my sister. She really loved her treatment!
Meet Your Acupuncturist
Gina Michael L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., (NCCAOM), LMT
Gina Michael is a Georgia licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist; nationally board certified in acupuncture, NCCAOM Diplomate of Acupuncture, and certified herbalist.
Gina is a graduate of Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine, Sugar Grove, NC, the East West School of Planetary Herbology, Ben Lomond, CA, the Botanologos School of Herbal Studies, Black Mountain, GA, and the Atlanta School of Massage Therapy, Atlanta, GA.
She has specialized in massage and Asian bodywork techniques for 18 years utilizing Traditional Thai massage and Chinese medicine techniques such as cupping, herbal compressing, guasha, moxa and tuina, receiving certifications in Thailand as well as the United States.
Gina was drawn to alternative medicine after using massage and acupuncture to help with her own neck and shoulder pain problems. She enjoys helping people with techniques that work, and that are safe for humans and the planet.
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