6 Harmonies services are provided by Miranda Warburton, PhD, CMT, CST-D and Jennifer Minor, MA, Dipl OM (NCCAOM), LAc
Comprehensive Initial Appointment
90 minute session including a comprehensive initial interview & medical history followed by a treatment session including acupuncture, CranioSacral Therapy, and/or Chinese Orthopedic Massage (Tuina).
60 minute treatment including acupuncture, CranioSacral Therapy, and/or Tuina. 90-minute option also available by request.
Multi-hands CranioSacral Therapy Session
1hr - 3 hr sessions available by request. CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release session with Miranda and Jennifer. Acupuncture may be included as needed.
30 minute interview and medical history and herbal prescription. Herb costs are additional.
30 - 60 minute interview, medical history, and lifestyle discussion complete with nutritional recommendations.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST)
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of treatment which supports your body's own natural healing abilities. It comes out of the tradition of osteopathy in the US and was developed by John Upledger, DO in the 1970s.
CST is performed using light touch (mostly on the head, torso, and tailbone areas) to assess the balance and functioning of your central nervous system and the craniosacral system.
CST techniques encourage whole body relaxation and release pain and restrictions caused by old injuries, new injuries, or physical or emotional trauma. CranioSacral Therapy is also an excellent tool to help maintain good health and bolstering your immune system.
Because of its gentle nature, CST can be effective for an extraordinarily broad range of medical conditions and is suitable for almost everyone. It is gentle enough for babies, the elderly, and anyone suffering from acute physical or emotional pain.
CST is a natural complement to acupuncture and we often combine the two in treatment sessions at 6 Harmonies for a more effective and complete health care approach.
Acupuncture is a part of Chinese Traditional Medicine practice, which originated in China more than 3000 years ago. Such a long and well documented history makes Chinese medicine one of the most thoroughly researched, practiced, and complete medical systems available. The World Health Organization (WHO) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognize acupuncture and Chinese Medicine as a highly effective system of medicine useful in treating a broad array of physical, psychological and emotional conditions, diseases, and pain.
Acupuncture is performed by gently inserting thin, sterile, single-use needles at specific points in the body to facilitate a balanced flow of Qi (pronounced "CHEE") or energy, increase blood circulation, reduce inflammation, and directly stimulate the muscles, tendons & ligaments, nerves and bones. Increasing balance or harmony in the flow of Qi increases the body's innate healing abilities.
At 6 Harmonies you may choose to have acupuncture as part of your CranioSacral Therapy or Chinese Orthopedic Massage session or enjoy an acupuncture only session.
Chinese Herbal Consultation
Chinese herbal medicine developed along side acupuncture as part of Chinese Traditional Medicine and has a rich written history of development and refinement spanning over 3000 years. There are hundreds of herbs in the Chinese pharmacopeia each with their own unique properties and functions.
Herbal formulas are sophisticated combinations of herbs designed for each individual based on a complete health history, your current state of health, your constitution, any medical considerations, and any current medications you are taking. When correctly diagnosed and prescribed by a trained herbalist, Chinese herbal formulas are completely safe, gentle, and effective without side effects. Herbal formulas are available as raw herb, granular, tincture, or pill form for internal conditions. We may also prescribe herbal formulas to be applied topically for certain injuries or skin conditions.
Acupuncture and herbs can be used separately or in combination and can be prescribed after an herbal consultation or as part of a CranioSacral and/or acupuncture treatment.
Chinese Orthopedic Massage (Tuina)
Chinese Orthopedic Massage, called Tuina (pronounced as "twee nah") in China, is integral to the practice of Chinese Traditional Medicine. Tuina literally translates to "push-grasp." It is a powerful form of manual therapeutic massage (manual therapy) based on the same principles and theories as acupuncture.
Tuina improves the flow of Qi (energy) and increases blood circulation through a variety of massage-like techniques, such as pressing (aka acupressure), pushing, and rolling, which are applied to meridians, acupuncture points, muscles, tendons, and joints of the body. Tuina is particularly effective for pain and injury to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and in cases of orthopedic and musculoskeletal issues and sports injuries. It is also beneficial in the treatment of a wide range of internal conditions.
Tuina is an integral part of a comprehensive Chinese medicine practice. At 6 Harmonies it may be included with acupuncture and/or CranioSacral Therapy in a treatment session based on your needs. Tuina is performed fully clothed and mostly without oils.
Cupping is an ancient technique used by many cultures throughout history. In Chinese Traditional Medicine practice cupping techniques date back to at least 300 AD. Traditional Cupping is performed by placing glass cups on the skin which are held in place by suction. Once the cups are placed they may remain stationary or be gently moved across a small area of the body. The negative pressure created by Cupping can soften muscle tension, increase blood circulation, relieve local pain, improve nervous system functioning, and quell anxiety, depression and nerves. Cupping is useful for a wide range of ailments, such as muscle pain, joint pain, muscle stiffness, sports injuries, asthma, fatigue, anxiety, headaches, and detoxification as well as colds and cough.
At 6 Harmonies Cupping may be used as part of your acupuncture and/or CranioSacral Therapy session as needed to support your healing process. Individual Cupping sessions are also available upon request.
Moxibustion is another highly effective technique in Chinese Traditional Medicine that involves warming acupuncture points with a Chinese herb (mugwort) that is burned near the skin. This process stimulates the circulation of blood and Qi (energy), dispels swelling in the joints or muscles of the arms and legs, and relieves pain. Moxa is a safe and non-invasive technique often used in conjunction with acupuncture and Tuina.