Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient form of healthcare that includes minimally-invasive therapies and holistic lifestyle advice based upon a unique understanding of our health as a matter of maintaining internal balance and proper circulation of our “qi”, or our energetic life force.
A TCM treatment begins with a comprehensive diagnosis based upon your unique combination of symptoms and diagnostic cues represented in the body—like your facial complexion, tongue, wrist pulse, and how acupuncture meridians or specific areas of the body feel to the practitioner’s touch.
After your diagnosis is made, acupuncture is used to re-establish your body’s physical, mental and emotional balance. Our acupuncturists are highly-trained and extraordinarily gentle, making the acupuncture treatment a very relaxing experience.
Reflexology is the application of pressure, stretch and movement to the feet and hands to affect corresponding parts of the body. Reflexologists view the feet and hands as a mirror image of the body. By applying this technique the reflexologist can break up patterns of stress in other parts of the body.
It is then relayed to the internal organs to allocate the necessary adjustments in fuel and oxygen, finally a response is fashioned that is sent onto the motor system. This message is fed forward to adjust the body’s tone or overall tension level. If applied properly the tone will reset itself to a lower operating tempo. A lower operating tempo means a lessening of stress and less wear and tear on the body’s systems.
The word Chakra in Sanskrit translates to wheel or disc. The most significant ones are the Seven Main Chakras located along the central line of the body, from the base of the spine to the top of the head. They are located in the ethereal body and they express the embodiment of spiritual energy on the physical plane. They absorb and transmit energies to and from the universe.
When one or more of the chakras are in a state of imbalance, the mind/body health becomes compromised since imbalanced chakras are those that have blocks. A blockage in the chakra comes from traumatic or negative experiences during a lifetime that have not been released. Negative thoughts or belief patterns will also cause blocks. Many times, one does not even know there are blocks, until the body suddenly demonstrates symptoms. Note that once the body is showing a physical symptom, the chakra has been blocked for some time. Although many believe that an illness causes a block in the chakra, it is really the other way around. The chakras are enabling healing by allowing the body to speak to the mind in many wonderful ways.
Each chakra resonates with a particular frequency of vibration. Chakras are balanced by inviting them back to their natural state of vibration & frequency using energy work. By stimulating the senses in a favorable way, the nervous system and therefore, the chakras are balanced.
Chi Nei Tsang
Thailand’s unique abdominal massage is a speciality at Chiva-Som. This internal organ massage works directly over the navel and surrounding abdominal areas where stress, tension and negative emotions accumulate. If this area is congested, the whole energy of the body is blocked, slowly weakening the internal organs, especially the digestive organs, and decreasing energy and vitality. Chi Nei Tsang massages quickly release negative emotions, tensions and illness, bringing comfort to the abdomen and vital energy to the internal organs. It is effective in the treatment of digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, gas and constipation as it eliminates toxins in the gastrointestinal tract and promotes lymphatic drainage. This treatment is an integral part of our detoxification programmes.
A course of three treatments is generally recommended in order to allow the therapist to effectively relax the solar plexus and allow energy and function to return to your digestive organs.
Colonic hydrotherapy was first mentioned in the Dead Sea Scrolls and remains one of the oldest treatments in recorded history for detoxification and cleansing of the body. Considering the nature of the foods we eat and our depleted digestive systems it is not uncommon for the large intestine to be blocked with deposits, leading to poor nutrient absorption, chronic ailments and lowered vitality. A series of colonics coupled with either a properly designed cleansing fast or a healthy, balanced diet can revitalise the body and almost immediately lead to an increase in energy, clarity of mind and better health. Many ailments such as irritable bowel, constipation, skin complaints, headaches, lymphatic congestion, parasite infections, fatigue and even emotional stress can be helped by the cleansing and decongestion of the bowel.
A gentle, non- invasive therapy that modifies and corrects tensions in the craniosacral system. CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and correcting the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, a practitioner relaxes and releases restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. A profound change of the body, mind and emotion often occurs on or several days after a session. This technique is especially useful for those who have never experienced deep but gentle body work as well as those with chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
Crystal therapy is a form of vibrational medicine. It involves the use of crystals or gemstones to facilitate energetic healing. Each type of crystal or gemstone has its own unique property – colour, shape, and texture that all have special meaning and which assist in the balancing of your body’s energetic field.
This specialty technique can help to positively impact and balance the mind, body, and spirit. Through massage, the body is relaxed and the mind is reinvigorated by the precise placement of pressure on various muscles and pressure points to alleviate stress and release tension.
Chiva-Som offers detox programs that may be used alone or in conjunction with other therapies such as colonics. The most popular, our 3 day cleansing diet, incorporates a light diet with plenty of vegetable juices. This effectively rests the digestion, alkalizes the system and allows the kidneys and liver to begin to remove toxins. All detox programs are administered through our Naturopathic staff.
Dry Skin Brushing
Skin brushing helps move lymph fluid and gives us a jump-start on health. When the pores are not clogged with dead cells and the lymphatic system is cleansed, the body is able to carry out its important function of eliminating toxins and waste material.
Under normal circumstances the skin eliminates more than one pound of waste products every day. If the skin becomes inactive with its pores clogged with millions of dead cells and other debris, toxins will remain in the body. This puts undue stress on the other eliminative organs; mainly the kidneys and liver, making them increase their activity. Eventually they become overworked.
Flower Remedies & Sensational Sprays
At various stages throughout the cycle of life we experience physical and/or emotional trauma or discomfort. Flower remedies are a form of healing using natural flower essences to bring harmony to conditions of distress. Flower essences work by stimulating the body’s innate ability to heal itself, most often through addressing non-supportive thoughts and behaviours. This process allows for the creation of personal strength, personal insight and continued healing. Use of the flower essences leads to the understanding of the emotional reasons behind illness so that effective healing can take place. During a consultation, thoughts, feelings and any areas of concern are discussed. A personalised flower remedy will be prepared for you and instructions are given for its continued use throughout the healing process.
Herbal Extract Sensational Spray, clear and condition any space with this specially formulated spray of herbal extracts mixed with essential oils. Spray lightly, in an arc, around any space you wish to lighten. When sprayed they release positive energies of their own color ray to empower, refresh and condition your environment. As you breathe deeply you will absorb these positive energies which will help to balance and harmonize your mind body and spirit. Increases respiration, which allows the body to pump more oxygen and energizing freshness to vital organs. Helps to reduce stress and anxiety, promote relaxation, and improve concentration.
Homeopathy has gained a resurgence in Western countries as medical methodologies may not be the best treatment in every case. Homeopathy works on utilising small doses of a substance to stimulate the body’s natural healing response. Working deeply with homeopathics can bring about fundamental changes to the way we think, feel and react and is one of the deepest acting therapies known. Your homeopathy session will be conducted by a qualified naturopath. Where possible we may prescribe fast-acting remedies for acute and minor conditions where relevant.
Yoga and Ayurvedic traditions bring us this technique which proves to be a miracle for people with chronic breathing problems such as asthma, allergies and sinusitis. It is helpful for combatting environmental pollution and even warding off the common cold. “Jala Neti” means cleansing the nasal passages with water. It is generally beneficial for any problems of the ears, eyes, nose and throat. In some cases, the practice can even help to balance emotional stresses caused by an imbalance in the breathing pattern, a completely curable problem not commonly recognised by Western medicine. People usually find Jala Neti both relaxing and refreshing. Breathing becomes remarkably clear and fresh, and even the face becomes brighter.
From the Greek word ‘lithos’ means stone or crystal, lithotherapy is a gentle form of therapy that uses stones and crystal to balance and realign the body ‘s energy. Lithotherapy uses natural energy of the minerals applied to the body, organs or chakras for a certain period of time. The therapist will use the universe energy to enhance the natural healing power of the stone on the affected areas.
The body will select the vibrational frequency specific to each stone or mineral that it lacks to balance the deficiency of the body thus help to increase the feeling of well-being. It is also suitable as an enhancement to other holistic modalities by allowing the chakras to open to receive the benefit on a deeper level.
Mien-Acupressure is a facial acupressure treatment. It works by tapping into the meridian channels on the face, balancing the facial tissue and cleansing the facial lymphatic vessels. The benefits of Mien-Acupressure are to help emotional detoxification, insomnia, and de-stress.
The human body is a complex organism with the innate ability to heal itself when we learn how to listen to it and respond by supporting its needs. In spite of the stresses our bodies endure through exposure to environmental toxins, poor nutrition, smoking, alcohol, inactivity or emotional suppression, our bodies serve us well. Unfortunately the body can only stand so much, and continued pressure will lead to deterioration in the state of health. For many this deterioration may be mild discomfort, or a gradual worsening of symptoms. At this point one has a choice to suppress symptoms with drugs, or to find the cause and take corrective action. The Naturopathic approach seeks to find the causes of any symptoms and implement appropriate changes. With enough support and a reduction of the underlying stress (be it dietary, physical, emotion, etc.) the body will naturally seek to cure itself. Without support the body has no choice but to weaken and suffer.
Naturopaths use herbs, homeopathy, flower remedies, nutritional supplements, lifestyle correction, exercise, detoxification and the concept of food-as-medicine to help put your health back on track. Chiva-Som maintains stocks of herbal and nutritional practitioner-only products, which may be recommended during the consultation for specific healing purposes.
How well do you understand your own nutritional needs? Most of us have some idea of what we should eat but all too often we don’t have any idea if our dietary patterns even cover our most basic needs. Nutrition is poorly covered in standard medical teaching, and with the plethora of fads and diets out there, it is confusing to know whom to trust for reliable information. At Chiva-Som our nutritional consultation focuses on you. Rather than a prescriptive “Eat like this” attitude, we focus on educating you about the basic requirements of the body, where to get your nutrition and what effect foods such as carbohydrates, fats and proteins have on the body in terms of both weight control and nutritional support.
For most health problems, nutrition plays a major role in the development, progression or resolution of that condition. If you have worries about an irritable or irregular bowel, high cholesterol, diabetes or problems such as low immunity, cancer or heart disease, inflammatory conditions, arthritis or just about any other medical condition, then your nutritional state is the foundation upon which your future health will depend. The way you support your body nutritionally can make the difference between having a strong body or being on medication for life.
For weight loss, an understanding of some basic nutritional and physiological parameters will give you the knowledge to assess your own diet regularly and an understanding of how to lose or gain weight. We can assist with calculating your caloric needs, and provide guidelines to help you understand how to stay within the boundaries.
The Quantum-Energy techniques teach us how to focus and amplify life-force energy (known as “chi” in Chinese and “prana” in Sanskrit) by combining various breathing and body awareness exercises. When you learn to direct the life-force energy, we unlock hidden potential that can manifest in physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health improvement.
This Therapy combines Quantum Energy work and healing stones massage to support good health, tranquility, and prosperity to the treatment recipient. Additionally, this treatment promotes protection against negative energetic and life-draining forces present in the environment, thus promoting deeper states of relaxation.
The art of foot reflexology comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine and gives invaluable information on the health and function of many organs and body systems. At the same time it is a complete treatment, and heaven for tired feet.
A deeply relaxing treatment where the body’s natural healing ability can become more fully activated. The therapist will bring you to a relaxed state by placing hands on key points of the body. The technique of moving energy into the body thoroughly rebalances all the body’s energies. This treatment is highly recommended for those seeking relaxation and those who are sensitive to pain, emotions and their environment.
Seiketsu Shiraku Acupuncture
The concept of “blood letting” a few drops of blood expressed from one or more of the peripheral acupuncture points by quickly lancing the skin, provides therapeutic benefit through the “release” of excess heat or stagnant qi (chi or energy), improving the flow of energy in the Meridian and restoring balance to the system.
Seiketsu literally means “Opening of the well”. Blood gathers from distant areas just like water in a well. Just as with well water, when we check the quality of the water, it tells us something about the quality of the soil around it. Seiketsu acupuncture points are located near the tips of the fingers, and will be the primary site for “releasing stagnation” of qi or blood.
The stimulation of Seiketsu points interacts with the autonomic nervous system, supporting neurological balance and relaxation. Additionally, this technique will have an effect on motor and sensory nerves, helping to relax excessively tight muscles and relieve common complaints of muscle spasms, pain and tension.
Shiatsu is a classic Japanese massage which systematically diagnoses and treats the body’s meridian systems according to Traditional Chinese Medicine and Kanpo systems of medicine. This massage is particularly suited to those who feel their energy just doesn’t flow, who are exhausted and are physically run down.
Shirobhyanga is one of the classical Ayurvedic Rasayana, or rejuvenation therapies. In this treatment your imbalance will be ayurvedically diagnosed and individually selected medicated oil will be used to massage your head. Special attention is given to the marma points (acupressure points) so that deep and penetrating release of blockages will take place and also lymph drainage will occur. The head is the center of the whole nervous system and when stimulated by massage the benefits are numerous and profound.
By using medicated herbal oils, which are individually recommended for you, shirobhyanga can relieve many of the stresses and strains that cause tension, fatigue and insomnia. Massage to the head improves circulation of the spinal fluid around the brain and spinal cord and increases the release hormones and enzymes necessary for the rejuvenation of the brain cells and relaxation of the body.
Therapeutic Lymphatic Drainage
The lymphatic system is a complex network of fluid that functions to improve immunity, maintenance of body fluids and is also involved with the transport of important nutrients in the body. Any blockage can result in suppression of health. Working with a gentle hands-on method of clearing blockages of the lymphatic system as a consequence of various medical conditions. Edema and swelling are primary manifestations of these blockages resulting from a number of medical ailments such as heart problems, liver problems and complications of operations that lead to impaired lymphatic circulation, hence restoring your body’s functioning back to it healthy state. Common reactions may include sluggishness, tiredness, frequent urination – all of which could signify a healing crisis as a sign of toxin release.
Cupping is a method of treating disease by causing local congestion. A partial vacuum is created in jars, which are then applied to the skin, drawing up the underlying tissue and forming blood stasis. In ancient times, animal horns were used, principally in draining postulant sores.
Vacuum-Cupping Massage, integrated with cup therapy by moving the cups is a technique that is utilised over large, flat body surfaces like the back or thigh. Only glass cups with relatively wide mouths are used. First a lubricant is applied around the mouth of the cup. Then, after the cup has been applied to the skin, the therapist moves it back and forth by holding the cup at its base and slightly raising the front edge in the direction of movement while applying force along the back edge. This movement continues until the skin turns red. A cup can be alternately placed, lifted and replaced in rapid succession to produce many small suctions. This method is commonly used over local areas of numbness or declining function, or deficient conditions.