Acupuncture is a modality used within Traditional Chinese Medicine of utilizing fine, sterile needles that are inserted within specific acupoints, trigger points, and/or motor points of the body to assist the body’s inherent wisdom to find homeostasis. The goal in Traditional Chinese Medicine is this optimum state of balance of health maintenance and wellness.
Gua Sha is a technique used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to move stagnate qi and blood. Where there is stagnation there is pain. Gua means to “scrape or scratch” and this is used with a specific smooth tool on the indicated body part to bring about Sha, a “reddish, elevated, millet-like skin rashes” or petechiae, that can indicate the level of stagnation. The technique of gua sha is to bring the Sha rash to the surface and eliminate it from the body. This technique enlists the body’s inflammatory response, and it is this response that the body begins to heal and rebuild new tissue. The Sha discoloration usually dissipates within 2-3 days. Gua Sha is indicated for any pain or constriction that is acute or chronic. It is very effective to use over tendons, ligaments, and fascia that does not receive much vascularization to help promote blood flow and break up adhesions. Facial Gua Sha is a technique used on the face to gently stimulate, move lymph, and uplift the skin and the muscles of the face to reduce the appearance of fine lines and sagging. The emphasis is on improving circulation without discoloration of the skin.
Kinesio tape is similar to athletic tape for it too supports and stabilizes a joint or injured muscle, but also helps reduce pain due to its unique construction, while enabling full range of motion. Its application is used to enhance a treatment or to prepare one for an activity when additional support is needed.
The Belmont Athletic Club Wellness Spa believes bodywork is a viable form of health care and health maintenance.
We are committed to providing quality bodywork techniques including acupuncture, therapeutic massage, cupping therapy, and gua sha. Our treatment sessions are tailored to the specific needs of our clients which may include injury treatment and prevention; recovery and stress reduction; and the promotion of wellness.
Cupping therapy is a modality using negative pressure by creating a vacuum. A cotton ball soaked in alcohol, held by forceps, is lit on fire and inserted into a glass cup. It is quickly withdrawn as the cup is then placed on the body that is being treated. The skin inside the cup is drawn into the cup due to the fire depleting the oxygen within it. It is a great adjunct to therapeutic massage as it helps break up muscle adhesions and scar tissue. This technique creates hyperemia, infusing fresh blood to the tissues, thereby oxygenating and removing metabolic waste from the treated area. Sha (see Gua Sha), can be produced depending on the level of stagnation and will dissipate within 2-3 days.
Also called auricular acupuncture. Bobbie uses the NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) auricular acupuncture protocol. Five specific points within the auricle (outer ear) are used. It is the protocol used for addictions, cravings, smoking cessation, anxiety, sleep disturbances, and stress-reduction. This can be the sole treatment or used in conjunction with other treatments.
Medical/ Therapeutic Massage
Bobbie’s bodywork is a synergistic fusion comprised of several different techniques including Classic Swedish Massage, Reiki, Tuina (Chinese medical massage), Shiatsu (Japanese acupressure), Thai Yoga Massage, Deep Tissue Esalen Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, and Fascial Release. She employs any of these methods during a treatment that is best suited for the need of the client. Her intention is to provide a comprehensive, deeply therapeutic massage addressing both the physical and energetic body to enhance range of motion, alleviate pain, and induce a state of wellbeing.
Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials called "moxa" are burned on or very near the surface of the skin. The therapeutic property of the herb is drawn into the body via the heat. The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of qi and blood. This treatment has a very relaxing, sedative effect when used in conjunction with acupuncture. Bobbie uses the indirect, smokeless variety to keep the smoke level to a minumun within the treatment room.
Within each of the men's and women's locker room is a spa facility which includes a sauna, steam room, and whirlpool. We recommend our client to arrive at least a half hour prior to their appointment to use the spa facility for hydrotherapy to enhance the therapeutic benefits of their treatment. A robe, towels, and a locker is provided.