Awen (“ah-when”) is the Celtic word for flowing spirit. It is the essence connecting us to each other, nature, and the universe. The symbol of Awen represents several concepts. The first is balance. The two outside rays symbolize polarities (male/female, past/future, heaven/earth) with the center ray symbolizing the balance or connection between the two. The three rays of the Awen symbol also represent love, wisdom, and truth and the trinity of mind, body, and spirit, with the encompassing circle symbolizing the circle of life, eternity, and unity. Tapping into Awen allows for the free flow of energy through our mind, body, and spirit allowing creativity, health, and peace to flourish.
Cupping is an ancient aspect of Chinese Medicine that was recently made famous in the United States during the 2016 Olympics as many athletes utilized its healing benefits to recover from sports related ailments. With the help of heat, glass cups form a suction on the body’s tissues creating a therapy similar to massage. However, whereas massage commonly utilizes compression therapy, cupping does the opposite by pulling the body tissue rather than pressing it. In doing so stagnant devitalized blood and body fluid is moved allowing for new more nourishing blood and fluids to enter those spaces to rejuvenate and heal. It is an especially fantastic therapy for relieving muscle tension.
Cupping is a lesser-known treatment that is also part of Oriental medicine, one that can provide an especially pleasant experience. One of the earliest documentations of cupping can be found in the work titled A Handbook of Prescriptions for Emergencies, which was written by a Taoist herbalist by the name of Ge Hong and which dates all the way back to 300 AD. An even earlier Chinese documentation, three thousand years old, recommended cupping for the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis. In both Eastern and Western cultures, cupping evolved from shamanistic practices that held the belief that illnesses and infirmities can be sucked out of the body
Cupping was established as an official therapeutic practice in the 1950s across hospitals in China after research conducted by Chinese and former Soviet Union acupuncturists confirmed cupping’s effectiveness. Prior to the 1950s, cupping had also been practiced as an auxiliary method in traditional Chinese surgery. In recent years cupping has been growing in popularity, with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, David Arquette, and athlete Michael Phelps drawing public attention to the traditional Chinese therapy technique.
Madeline Philipps L.AC, Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist, has been in the business of helping people feel better since 2002 and her number one priority is to improve the quality of life of each and every patient she treats. She received her four year Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College in New York focusing on both Eastern and Western medicine. Madeline is also a licensed Massage Therapist and a Reiki Master, and enjoys incorporating all modalities to create a uniquely tailored treatment for each patient.
She understands that everyone has a unique healing journey, and is dedicated to providing individual care, designed for your specific needs. Madeline’s number one goal is to help you heal and restore your balance. Her approach is holistic and patient-focused – treating you as a whole person, not a set of symptoms. In most cases, her all-inclusive healing process will include a combination of acupuncture and other Chinese Medicine modalities customized specifically for you, based on a thorough consultation of your health and wellness goals.
“I’ve been a massage therapist for almost 20 years and a Reiki master for 10 years. When I realized how much more I could do for my clients with acupuncture and herbs, I decided to complete one of the most comprehensive Chinese Medicine Master’s programs in the country. Since then I’ve been endlessly inspired by the medicine, my patients, and the wonder that takes place when we participate in our own healing.”
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