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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the stimulation of specific points on the skin, usually by the insertion of needles. In its original form acupuncture was based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine.


Traditional acupuncturists understand health in terms of a vital force or energy called “Qi” (pronounced “chee”) which circulates between the organs along channels called meridians. Qi energy must flow in the correct strength and quality through each of these meridians and organs for health to be maintained.


The acupuncture points are located along the meridians and provide one means of altering the flow of Qi. Acupuncture treatments also include at times the use of moxibustion and cupping.

What is Acupuncture?


The following is a list of conditions for which Acupuncture can prove beneficial in alleviation of symptoms but also, in some cases, resolution of the condition. Please contact us if you would like further information regarding a specific ailment. 


Source: World Health Organisation PDF

Hand Drums

Systemic Conditions

Viral, bacterial & fungal diseases

Rheumatoid Arthritis


Weakened Immune System


Allergic Rhinitis

Upset Stomach

Visceral Conditions

Acute & Chronic Colitis

Biliary & Renal Colics

Post-operative vomiting / nausea

Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Premenstrual Syndrome


Taking a Break

Mental Health



Cardiovascular Conditions


Primary Hypotension

Dancing on a Cliff

Neurological Conditions

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Post-operative pain

Bell's Palsy


Muscular-Skeletal Conditions

Headaches & migraines

Jaw pains

Neck & low back pain



Scars & post-surgical adhesions

Joint pains

Acute & chronic sports industries

Pregnant Belly

Childbirth & Pregnancy

Female infertility

Breech babies

Morning sickness

Pregnancy pains

Hormonal imbalances

What does Acupuncture treat?


What is Shiatsu Massage?
Moxibustation Queenstown Wanaka

What is Moxibustion (Moxa)?

Moxibustion, also called moxa treatment, is a traditional medical practice that is performed by burning small cones of dried leaves on certain designated points of the body, generally the same points as those used in acupuncture.

Moxibustion is founded on the belief that blockages in the flow of energy lead to mental and physical health problems.

Available with Sujin, Xinyi & Daisuke.

Tui Na Massage Wanaka

What is Tui Na Massage?

The philosophy and principles of Tui na massage are based on traditional Chinese medicine, which focuses on emotional and physical components of a person’s well-being, as well as aspects such as climate, relationships, and diet.

The underlying philosophy of Tui na massage is that true health is achieved when one has found harmony and balance inside the self and their environment.


The goal of Tui na massage is to create harmony in the yin and yang of the body by getting rid of blockages and disturbances that manifest as illness, disease, and emotional issues.

Similar to acupuncture, Tui na massage uses the same energetic meridians and acu-points to balance the Qi and blood in your body, leading to better health. Qi that’s flowing incorrectly can cause blockages, such as poor blood circulation in the affected area.


The main therapeutic goal of tuina massage is to remove the energetic blocks that are causing qi stagnation.

Available with Sujin & Xinyi.

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What is Anma Shiatsu Massage?

Shiatsu, similar to acupressure, uses finger pressure, manipulations and stretches, along Traditional Chinese Medicine meridians.


Shiatsu originated indirectly from acupuncture, the ancient Chinese healing art, from which principles were applied in the traditional form of Japanese massage called Anma. 


Shiatsu can be done through the clothes or on bare skin and uses static pressure, which can vary from light holding to deep physical pressure applied with the palm of the hand or thumb.

People can receive shiatsu for relaxation or to help them with specific conditions. In particular, shiatsu can help alleviate insomnia, anxiety, depression, headaches, muscular tension, digestive tract issues, and sinus congestion. In some cases it can also help increase local circulation and the movement of lymph.

Available with Daisuke

Cupping in Queenstown and Wanaka

What is Cupping?

Cupping therapy is an ancient technique of healing. Cupping is performed by applying cups to selected skin points and creating a subatmospheric pressure, either by heat or by suction.

It is believed the suction helps facilitate the flow of “qi” in the body. Many believe that cupping helps balance yin and yang, or the negative and positive, within the body. Restoring balance between these two extremes is thought to help with the body’s resistance to pathogens as well as its ability to increase blood flow and reduce pain.

Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This may relieve muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It may also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue.

Available with Daisuke, Sujin & Xinyi

Tui Na Massage
Herbal Treatment

Chinese Herbal Medicine

A big part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), herbs can help a variety of symptoms or disharmony while enhancing the healing process in the body.

The  majority of formulas consist mainly of plants, but some can contain mineral or animal products. Herbs can be prescribed by a qualified TCM practitioner’s diagnosis.


Herbal formulas can relieve symptoms of:


  • Chronic/Acute pain

  • Chronic/Acute skin conditions

  • Seasonal flu or hay fever

  • Immune support, protection from frequent colds and recovery from illness

  • Facial paralysis, post stroke 

  • Stress, mood swings

  • Digestion or gastrointestinal issues

  • Women's health such as painful menstruation, infertility, or menopause and more.

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