Acupuncture Center of Roanoke Virginia
The Acupuncture Center of Roanoke Virginia is a health clinic in Roanoke Virginia that provides Oriental Medicine health care to patients by applying the three Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM modalities of Acupuncture, Herbs, and Bodywork. In addition to these, our Health Center also provides Rolfing.
Oriental Medicine, also known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is an alternative health care system comprised of Acupuncture, Herbs, and Bodywork. In addition to these, our Health Center also provides Rolfing. Oriental Medicine, originally known as "Balance Medicine", is composed of Acupuncture, Herbology and bodywork (Tuina & Shiatsu). The 5,000 year old holistic system of medicine has been continuously refined over the centuries and is designed to bring harmony and balance to an individual's health.
Oriental Acupuncture is the first of the three TCM modalities of Oriental Medicine. Acupuncture is a comprehensive medical system that has been used to diagnose, treat and prevent illnesses for over 5000 years. It is an essential part of traditional Oriental medicine that includes not only Acupuncture but also Chinese herbology, bodywork, dietary therapy, and exercise, based on traditional Oriental medical principles.
Oriental Herbs is the second of the three TCM modalities of Oriental Medicine. CHINESE HERBS are very potent. They can be used in acute or chronic syndromes and should be prescribed by a qualified practitioner. Currently, Chinese Herbal Medicine has become acknowledged for its profound benefits in healing - supplementing and often replacing heavy use of pharmaceuticals for some individuals. Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine consists of 6,000 individual substances derived from plant, animal, and mineral sources. The use of these substances can be traced back to 5,000 B.C. Since then, an incredibly rich and powerful system has medicine has been created. Generally, an herbal prescription consists of a combination of 6-12 herbs, ensuring effectiveness while minimizing side effects. The herbs are available in the form of granules, herbal teas, tablets, liquid extracts, capsules, lotions, creams, salves, or poultices.
Oriental Bodywork is the third of the three TCM modalities of Oriental Medicine. I utilize several styles of Oriental bodywork; TUINA is the traditional system of Chinese style physical therapy or massage. SHIATSU is the traditional system of Japanese style physical therapy or massage. Both may be used in conjunction with Acupuncture or herbs to enhance treatments in a variety of musculo-skeletal conditions. Tuina and Shiatsu are perhaps the oldest form of Oriental medicine, predating Acupuncture. As practiced it is similar to other more familiar forms of bodywork (i.e. Swedish) but uses Acupressure points (Acupoints) and meridian based therapy. The practitioner works to open the flow of Qi in meridians as well as muscle groups. As such we could name this therapy "ACUPRESSURE" or "Medical Massage", used for specific medical conditions (such as TMJ, sciatica), to relieve the body from its limitations induced by pain.
Grandin Healing Arts Center
1701 Grandin Road SW
Roanoke, Virginia 24015
(540) 344-3286 / 467-6939
Rolf Structural Integration
Are you suffering from too much stress, poor posture, fatigue or low vitality? Rolf Structural Integration can help you feel thriving again. Developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Rolf Structural Integration (also known as Rolfing) combines structural bodywork (deep tissue & myofascial release), movement education and guided dialogue to realign the body, release tension and stress and deepen awareness of your body, enabling you to adapt more easily to life changes.
Rolf Structural Integration is a unique and scientifically validated system of structural bodywork and somatic education which is based on the inseparability of body, mind, and spirit. It releases the body's segments - legs, torso, arms etc.- from lifelong patterns of tension and bracing, and permits a realignment back to their natural relationships.
Of all the forces affecting the human body, gravity is among the most powerful. Misalignment in gravity, the stress of daily activities, and physical injuries can pull your body out of alignment. Your fascia gradually shortens, tightens, and adjusts to accommodate the misalignment resulting in inefficiency, imbalance, stiffness, discomfort, lowered vitality and impaired biological and psychological functioning.
Because your body will be better-balanced after Rolf Structural Integration, it will expend less of its vital energies against gravity. This biological energy efficiency is often experienced as a higher level of alertness and vitality - good posture is effortless and breathing is easier, your body becomes more flexible and coordinated, and athletic performance improves.
How Does It Work?
Before Rolf Structural Integration:
Stress and tension ...
Poor posture ...
Tight neck and shoulders ...
Uncomfortable back ...
Restricted breathing ...
Limited vitality, low energy ...
Unexplained aches/pains ...
General sense of discomfort ...
After Rolf Structural Integration:
Sense of well-being ...
Improved posture ...
Poise and confidence ...
Greater breathing capacity ...
Increased vitality and energy ...
Ease of movement ...
Increased height ...
Less stress and tension ...
The concept behind Rolf Structural Integration is to resolve underlying imbalances in your whole body in order to realign your body segments by loosening and releasing your chronically tightened fascial & connective tissue, thus bringing permanent relief. Known as "the organ of structure", this 'fascial' network supports your skeleton and soft tissues, positions your bones, determines your direction of movement, and gives your body its shape. Fascia is said to be the web, interconnecting all these tissues. Rolf Structural Integration realigns and balances your body by lengthening and repositioning your fascia. This is done through a systematic release of this fascia network using a variety of gentle yet strong, deep-tissue bodywork techniques. When your restricted fascia is released and lengthened, your body can return to its structurally optimal position.
As your body becomes more open and more aligned, strain and tension are reduced everywhere. This allows one to move and function with greater freedom, and effortlessly maintain a more upright posture. As your mobility returns, your muscles will relax, and your energy and range of motion will improve allowing better circulation and tissue respiration. Sometimes, if there are old injuries, the emotional memory of that injury may come back at the time of the treatment. People who have been Rolfed stand with more stability and less strain, breathe deeper and more easily, move with more natural grace, and develop a wider range of self-expression. As your body opens it creates an enhanced physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
||"The body stores the trauma of our lives in muscular rigidity, thereby keeping us stuck in the past. When we release the tension in the body and align ourselves with gravity, we take a new stand in life. This allows us to be at ease with ourselves and in harmony in our relationship to others and to our planet."
The Ten Series
Rolf Structural Integration consists of ten sessions, each approximately one hour in length. Generally they are given one week apart with each session progressively building upon the last. The practitioner will help the client become more aware of habitual patterns of movement and imbalances in their body, allowing them to change patterns in their daily life. Changes will continue after the Ten Series is complete, sometimes with significant changes months later. Because Rolf Structural Integration deeply changes the body, it is usually advised to wait a few months before additional sessions (usually a "tune-up" 3-series). Occasionally, however, some severe conditions can be considered exceptions, and more attention can be given to such cases.
Rolf Structural Integration is a very personal process. Many report significant loss of chronic pain, cessation of other chronic complaints, less stress, and greater self-confidence. Others feel an opening of emotions, attitudes, belief systems, and behavioral patterns. Realign the physical structure and it will realign the emotional and psychological structure, opening up the individual's potential. The body is an interwoven net of physical, psychological and emotional influences. Structural Integration focuses on the physical to open, expand and relax all three.