Acupuncture is an over 3,000 year old science using a meridian mapping system in which acupuncture utilizes the harmonious flow of qi, blood and bodily fluids to assist in healing and facilitate proper functioning of organs. Acupuncture has been noted to also release chemicals called endorphins that help to reduce pain and serotonin, which elevates mood and decreases stress on the autonomic nervous system. During your Acupuncture session your practitioner will take a thorough medical history, examine you pulse and tongue to determine the root disharmony. By inserting hair thin disposable needles into the skin along the bodies energetic pathways or “meridians” your practitioner will help to regulate the flow of qi, blood and body fluids and treat the root cause of energetic disharmony.
Acupuncture is a modality designed to address all aspects of health and is recognized by the World Health Organization to help with the following:
Although LOTUS Integrative Therapy does not accept Insurance we do provide a Super Bill with ICD-10 codes that you can provide to your insurer. Acupuncture services are however covered by many Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Spending Accounts. Check with your insurance provider for details prior to your initial evaluation.
How to prepare for your first Acupuncture session
In addition to Acupuncture there are a variety of other branches of Chinese Medicine that aim to treat the root cause of disease and constitutional disharmony.
Tui Na is a form of Chinese Osteopathy and Bodywork that stimulates the meridians by using “push pull” massage techniques. These techniques are beneficial for adult and especially pediatric populations
Gua Sha is a Chinese medicine treatment where the skin is scraped with a smooth edged instrument like jade which causes petechiae or redness. Acute and chronic conditions are the most common indications for Gua sha
Auricular or ear acupuncture is used since the ear is a microcosm of the body. Auricular techniques are beneficial for pediatric populations, smoking cessation, stress management, anxiety and substance addictions
Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy which dried plant materials called “moxa’ or mugwort are burned on or very near the surface of the skin. The intention is to improve blood flow and in invigorate qi or energy and dispel certain pathogenic influences.
An ancient Chinese accessory technique that utilizes suction and heat to detoxify the body and provide musculoskeletal pain relief.
Mediation is a prominent branch of Chinese Medicine. These meditative and breathing techniques are incorporated into therapy sessions.
Chinese Nutrition Therapy
Depending of the current season and constitutional disharmony a variety of foods can be eliminated and whole foods suggested for improved nutritional health and digestive harmony. Other nutritional supplements may also be suggested.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine dates back to over 4000 years. Herbs can be highly effective to improve digestion the immune system response, fight infections, management of physical, emotional and mental stress. They can also support painful periods, irregular periods, boost fertility and manage menopausal changes. Chinese herbal pharmacopeia includes; roots, bark, leaves, flowers and seeds. Most formulas are given in tea pills or granules that patients can drink.
What is Watsu® Aquatic Therapy?
Watsu®is a form of aquatic therapy that incorporates the principles of Shiatsu and Acupressure while the client is supported by the therapist in a 94-96 degree private therapy pool. As this approach frees the spine and weight bearing joints of the effects of gravity, the client often experiences deep relaxation and increased range of motion following treatment. Watsu was created in the 1980’s by Zen Shiatsu therapist Harold Dull who studied in Japan. Dull derived the eastern healing benefits and principles of Shiatsu and incorporated them into the warm water to create water Shiatsu or Watsu®.
What is Clinical WaterDance® or Wassertanzen®?
WaterDance® (Wassertanzen®) is a form of Aquatic therapy that was developed in 1987 by Psychologist Aman Schroter and body therapy Arjana Brunschwiller in Switzerland independently from Watsu®. In 1993 Watsu® and WaterDance® were brought together in Europe and the USA.
WaterDance® is performed in a 94-96 degree water temperature. The patient wears a nose clip and is guided into the water upon exhalation of the breath. Moves become more three dimensional in nature and less body support is required by the Aquatic therapist. Movements on the surface alternate rhythmically with those underwater and are specifically tailored to the patients needs and breathing rhythm. WaterDance® is reminiscent of moves seen in Japanese aikido and fluid undulations of the spine.
Due to submersion in WaterDance® the dive reflex is elicited and vagal tone is improved. Eliciting the dive reflex can decrease the heart rate and create deep states of relaxation and meditation as well as shifts in perception of time and space. WaterDance® sessions can be combined with Watsu® sessions. WaterDance® is particularly helpful for PTSD, Chronic Pain Syndromes, Musculoskeletal Disorders, Somatic challenges and Anxiety.
During A Watsu® Aquatic Therapy Session
During a Watsu session, the therapist supports the neck and low back, and the client’s body is supported by its natural buoyancy. The client’s ears are just below the waters surface, and the face is above the water’s surface at all times. The therapist connects with the client’s breath, and moves the client through a series of rocking and rotational movements while the emphasis is placed on stretching and mobility. Being submerged in warm water promotes circulation, while unloading weight-bearing joints from the effects of gravity. Sessions tailor therapeutic goals to client’s specific needs and health history. These goals enhance health, wellness and quality of life.
Watsu® Aquatic Therapy Can Interrupt the Pain Cycle
Many people that experience pain will avoid physical activity to prevent an increase in pain. Lack of activity can lead a person into a cycle of pain that increases muscle tightness, limits range of motion and one’s ability to experience normal sleep patterns. As time goes on, someone living with chronic pain can begin to experience muscle spasms/guarding, emotional stress and habitual holding patterns as the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) remains consistently activated and hypervigilant stress states ensue. Watsu® helps to increase the parasympathetic response (rest and digest), increasing muscle relaxation and the session’s use of warm water, increase in hydrostatic pressure and buoyancy helps to deepen the effects of the work. Pain and discomfort is lessened allowing the body to move beyond the limitations that fear of pain imposes. As a result the pain cycle can be interrupted.
Watsu® Aquatic Therapy Benefits:
• Decrease muscle guarding,
Increased range of motion
• Decreased pain/holding patterns,
Improved breathing pattern
• Reduced stress,
Increased engagement in life skills
• Reduced anxiety,
Increased sleep pattern
• Decreased hypertonicity,
• Release/discovery of emotion,
Increased joint mobility and range of motion
• Decreased muscle tightness,
• Decreased muscle spasms,
Increased digestion and immune system response
What Populations Can Benefit from Watsu® Aquatic therapy?
• Acute/sub-acute/chronic pain
• Cerebral vascular accident
• Spinal cord injury
• Soft tissue dysfunction
• Orthopedic conditions
• Neuromuscular disorders
• Central nervous system disorders
• Lower back pain
• Sleep disorders
• Anxiety disorders
• Cerebral palsy
How Do I Schedule a Watsu® Aquatic therapy Session/Evaluation?
We welcome you to experience Watsu for yourself at the LOTUS Integrative Therapy. Water is a natural place for healing the body and mind; relieving the stress of chronic pain symptoms, a stressful lifestyle or simply experiencing the freedom of weightless movement and gentle stretches that only the forgiving medium of warm water and Watsu® Aquatic Therapy can provide.
If you are interested in learning more about the therapeutic, medical or wellness benefits of Watsu and/or would like to schedule a Watsu evaluation or session, please contact us at 513-318-7875 to schedule your appointment today.
Script from your Physician prior to Watsu® Aquatic Therapy Initial Evaluation
Please note that we require a script from your Physician to “Evaluate and Treat for Aquatic Therapy” prior to your initial evaluation. Our services are provided at Kempf Surgical Aquatic Rehab Center for medical purposes.
Although LOTUS Integrative Therapy does not accept Insurance we do provide a Super Bill with ICD-10 codes that you can provide to your insurer. Aquatic therapy services are however covered by many Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Spending Accounts. Check with your insurance provider for details prior to your initial evaluation.
How to prepare for your first Watsu® Aquatic therapy session
Cancellation Policy (Watsu® Aquatic therapy)
A notice of 24-hours for cancellations is appreciated and required. A $50.00 charge will be given for cancellations with less than 24 hours for pool rental fees.