Acupuncture, Shiatsu, & T’ai Chi
Originating in China about 5,000 years ago, acupuncture is the oldest, continuously practiced healing art in the world. Nature’s tendency is to self-correct imbalances in Qi and maintain homeostasis. This allows us to recover from most illness or emotional hurt in due course. Symptoms that persist may indicate an imbalance on a deeper level. Where you experience symptoms may bear little relation to the root of the imbalance. The acupuncture practitioner looks to treat both the root cause and the symptoms. One impressive advantage of these modalities is that they are almost completely free of side effect. The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as an effective treatment for many conditions; for example, addictions, migraines, back pain, allergies, carpal tunnel, hip pain, sinusitis, chronic fatigue, pain, knee or hip pains, mental health imbalances, arthritis, colds/flu, insomnia, joint pain.
What About the Needles?
The needles used to stimulate acupuncture points have no resemblance to hypodermic syringes. Acupuncture needles are very slender, barely beyond the thickness of a human hair. The finest quality of disposable, stainless steel, pre-sterilized needles are used. Most insertions are made just below the skin’s surface. The sensations felt vary from person to person. Most clients feel very little, or perhaps a dull momentary ache or tingling. The fewest number of needles necessary are used during each session.
Shiatsu is a form of bodywork administered by thumbs, fingers, palms and elbows, feet and knees. Pressure is applied to all parts of the body along specific pathways, or meridians. These are essentially the same meridians used in traditional Chinese medicine. It is understood this technique stimulates the natural healing powers of the body, wherefore symptoms of disease lessen and vitality is regained. An opportunity for you to feel your body in a complete state of relaxation. The ultimate stress-buster. Shiatsu is typically performed on a futon on the floor with the recipient fully clothed. For special needs, Shiatsu can be performed on a massage table.
T’ai Chi is the classic Chinese system of gentle flowing movements that has been practiced as a health exercise since ancient times. Based on natural laws, it teaches relaxation, boosts energy and erases tension as it exercises body and mind, imparting health and longevity. Performed in a calm, peaceful manner, it benefits all, regardless of age. The daily practice of T’ai Chi will build flexibility, fluidity, and strong legs. Daily practice will help you sleep better, wake up more relaxed and start your day grounded and centered. Doing T’ai Chi builds stamina, and burns many calories even though it is not an aerobic exercise.
W. Terry Beck, Lic. Ac., M. Ac.
Shiatsu Massage Practitioner
T’ai Chi Instructor
Terry Beck has been practicing acupuncture and Chinese Medicine since 1996. He graduated from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Laurel, Maryland and worked at his private practice in Maryland and at Washington DC’s Sign of Jonah acupuncture Clinic prior to moving to Western NY in 2005. He is now licensed to practice acupuncture in NY and PA. Terry sees clients with a wide variety of ailments and has had great success treating such conditions as back pain, IBS, infertility, anxiety/depression, headaches and allergies to name only a few. In addition, he has trained extensively using Master Tong Points and cupping under the tutelage of Susan Johnson, Lic.Ac., M.Ac. of California. He is certified to treat addictions through the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association; employing the NADA protocol for treating addictions to narcotics, nicotine and food in numerous rehab facilities and in his private practice.
Terry is a Shiatsu Massage practitioner. He finds that combining modalities of acupuncture and Shiatsu can be a very effective treatment for many clients as acupuncture and Shiatsu work on similar principles. By alternating Shiatsu with acupuncture he provides a well-rounded program that diminishes illness and increases well-being.
Terry has been practicing T’ai Chi having studied extensively with master teacher Maggie Newman from New York City. He has been teaching the Yang form of T’ai Chi worldwide since 1990 and currently offers classes in Western NY and to students at SUNY Fredonia.
To make an appointment:
First Session - $110
Follow Up Sessions - $80
Shiatsu Massage - 1 hour sessions - $80
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