Through over a decade of study and experience, Tia has thoughtfully explored, cultivated, and mastered various healing modalities that have proven to positively assist her patients in finding optimal health, balance, and well-being.
Classical Five-Element Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a unique tradition rooted in Ancient Chinese Medicine that has been practiced for over 3,000 years. When the elements manifest in a balanced and harmonious state within us, we experience health, harmony, and joy in being exactly who we are. Classical Five-Element Acupuncture is the primary form of acupuncture I provide, however, I do recognize that some issues benefit most when other approaches are considered. In such cases, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), various Dr. Tan balance methods, Esoteric Acupuncture, Ba Gua Balance, and other styles may also be used in my practice.
Plant Spirit Healing
Plant Spirit Healing is an energy medicine which combines traditions of the ancient Chinese 5 Element model with the indigenous practice of using plant spirits for healing. This subtle, yet powerful, modality recognizes that all plants have spirit, and that spirit is the strongest medicine. The practice is safe and gentle as no substances are prescribed or administered. Plant Spirit Healers place their hands over specific acupuncture points or general areas of the body while calling upon spirits of the appropriate plants to bring balance and harmony to their patients; removing whatever may be standing in their way of living joyful and radiant lives.
Cupping is an ancient alternative form of medicine that functions to stimulate and promote the free flow of qi (energy) and blood in the body. Either silicone or glass cups are placed on the patient’s skin to create a vacuum, drawing fresh oxygen rich blood to the affected area(s). Through the creation of negative pressure, cupping is used to drain excess fluids and toxins, promote circulation, reduce muscle tension, bring blood flow to stagnant skin and muscle, lift connective tissue, reduce tension headaches and stimulate the peripheral nervous system.
The use of moxa is an ancient Chinese technique which involves burning the herb artemisia vulgaris, or mugwort, on various acupuncture points. With direct moxa, the fluffy mugwort herb is made into a cone or ball, placed on the skin, lit with an incense stick, burned slowly, and removed; the process is repeated several times. "Like clearing the house for a guest," moxa removes old stagnant energy to make way for the new. Moxa is applied either in place of acupuncture needles or prior to needling for various health benefits.
Tuning Fork Therapy
Precision-calibrated tuning forks are applied to specific acupuncture points to access the meridian and chakra energy systems. These tuning forks represent a natural harmonic series based on orbital properties of the Earth, Moon, Sun and planets. The sound waves of the forks vibrate and travel deeply into the body. Their rich resonance and vibration connects with and supports the body’s natural frequencies, stimulates and balances the physical and subtle energy field, and promotes wellness and deep inner harmony.
Flower essences, or herbal infusions, are made from the flowering part of a plant, and uniquely address emotional and mental aspects of wellness. They are energetic imprints that interact with the human being on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level while evoking specific qualities within. Flower essences do not treat physical complaints directly, but instead help by treating the negative emotional states that provoke or worsen illness.