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Santa Barbara Acupuncture, Ayurveda & Deep Tissue Massage - Claudia Ward






BEYOND ACUPUNCTURE

A POWERFUL NEW HEALING APPROACH



Throughout the years, I have witnessed again and again that acupuncture, although potent in itself, is much more effective when combined with other healing modalities. The synergy of acupuncture and healing methods such as cupping, active release techniques, deep tissue massage, nutritional counseling and the use of herbs can bring about a truly profound healing experience. In-depth Ayurvedic nutrition and lifestyle consultations and seasonal Pancha Karma cleanses are designed to promote radiant health, well-being and equilibrium at all levels - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Santa Barbara Acupuncturist - Claudia Brachtl, LAc
•ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUES

ACUPUNCTURE

•AYURVEDA
•CUPPING
•DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
•NUTRITIONAL AND LIFESTYLE CONSULTATIONS

•PANCHA KARMA
•COMBINING WARM HERBALIZED AYURVEDIC MASSAGE W/ ACUPUNCTURE & CUPPING

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ABOUT CLAUDIA:
Claudia is the cofounder of the Prana Center, Santa Barbara's exclusive healing center for Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine, offering authentic Ayurvedic bodywork, marma therapy, consultations, nutrition, acupuncture and Pancha Karma cleanses. She is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Diplomate of Acupuncture, Diplomate of Chinese Herbology and an Ayurvedic practitioner. She is also certified in ART (Active Release Techniques). In her work she combines Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, the latest Western nutritional research and lab test analysis. She offers Acupuncture, in-depth Ayurvedic consultations and nutritional analysis. Specializing in chronic pain management, she combines a wide range of therapeutic approaches in her private practice in Santa Barbara.

Cofounder Corinna Schmidt, P.K.S at the Prana Center has a website at Maharani Ayurveda.

ARTICLES BY CLAUDIA

Cleansing and Detoxification
Finding Your Bliss - Ayurvedic Massage
Losing Weight Naturally with Ayurveda
Smooth Transitions - Natural Menopause Solutions
Ayurveda & Smooth Cycles - Natural Solutions
Raw Food Diets - The Ayurvedic Perspective
Cupping for Pain Relief & Vibrant Health
Ayurveda and the High-Carb/Low-Protein Diet
Prepare for Cold Season the Ayurvedic Way
Ayurveda and Cancer - Part 1: Prevention
Ayurveda and Cancer - Part 2: Treatment
The Mind-Body Connection - Integrating Bodywork with Emotional Work

 

CONTACT:

Claudia Ward,
M.A., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., Dipl. C. H.

The Prana Center - MAP
1605 Bath Street #4
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
USA Phone: 805-560-9727
email:
claudia@beyondacupuncture.us





ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUES
Active Release Techniques (also known as ART) is a new and highly successful approach to injuries of muscles, tendons, fascia, nerves and the surrounding soft tissues.

Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART.

During the ART session, abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with specific patient movements.

ACUPUNCTURE
Traditional Chinese Medicine maintains that there are as many as 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body, which are connected by meridians. These meridians conduct energy, or qi between the surface of the body and its internal organs.

Qi is believed to regulate balance in the body. Acupuncture unblocks qi, thus allowing normal flow of energy to restore health to the mind and body.

Acupuncture is beneficial for common ailments such as:

Arthritis, acute and chronic neck, back and shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, sciatica, whiplash, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, menstrual disorders and menopausal symptoms, emotional and psychological disorders (such as depression and anxiety), chronic fatigue, hypertension, dizziness, migraines and headaches, allergies, respiratory disorders (colds, flu, bronchitis, sinusitis, asthma), gastrointestinal conditions (such as food allergies, constipation, indigestion, chronic diarrhea and gastritis), diabetes, endocrine disorders, autoimmune disorders, insomnia, etc.

Studies have shown that acupuncture can help in the rehabilitation of stroke patients and can relieve nausea in patients recovering from surgery or chemotherapy.

•AYURVEDA
Ayurveda, practiced in India for the past 5,000 years, is a comprehensive system of holistic healing that focuses on harmony of body, mind and consciousness. Ayurveda seeks to understand and correct imbalances on many levels, physical, emotional, and spiritual.

Ayurvedic Consultation: Starts with an in-depth health assessment and reading of physical and emotional patterns, as well as a pulse and tongue evaluation. Your unique body/mind constitution will be determined and specific areas of imbalance at subtle levels of your physiology detected. A customized program, which includes diet, cleanses, lifestyle, stress reduction techniques, herbal therapeutics, yoga, colors and aromatherapy, will be recommended.

•PANCHA KARMA
The Ayurvedic panchakarma cleanse is a gentle yet powerful Ayurvedic approach to rejuvenation and detoxification. The cleanse begins at home with a diet consisting of cooked, easy-to-digest foods such as rice, vegetables, lentils, stewed fruit,herbal decoctions, and clarified butter. The delicious treatments start after five days of this preparation phase: Each day consists of hours of warm oil massages, herbal steam treatments, and body scrubs with Ayurvedic herbs, as well as treatments that nourish body and soul and simultaneously eliminate toxins in a gentle way.

In Ayurveda, toxins that accumulate in the body are called ama. Symptoms of ama accumulation are lethargy, low energy, generalized aches and pains, lack of mental clarity, heaviness in the body, digestive problems (such as constipation, gas, bloating, or heartburn), weakened immune system, frequent colds and sinus infections, coated tongue, body odor, etc.

With the tremendous growth of industry over the past 100 years, thousands of toxic chemicals have been introduced into our food, air, drinking water, and almost every manufactured product. As a result, we are exposed to a potentially huge toxic overload during our lifetime. Regular panchakarma cleanses (one to four times a year) help the body eliminate ama or toxins and rejuvenate, strengthen, and balance it.

Who Can Benefit from Panchakarma?
Panchakarma is beneficial for healthy individuals who want to stay healthy or the following conditions: arthritis, generalized body pain, fibromyalgia, sciatica, menstrual disorders and menopausal symptoms, emotional and psychological disorders (such as depression and anxiety), chronic fatigue, hypertension, dizziness, migraines and headaches, allergies, frequent colds, flu, sinus problems, asthma, gastrointestinal conditions, endocrine disorders, autoimmune disorders, insomnia, stress, etc. Panchakarma can be performed as a post-treatment for cancer to remove toxic residues of malignancies.

All authentic panchakarma therapies and individual Ayurvedic body treatments are available at our Prana Center in Santa Barbara.

•ABHYANGA MASSAGE
Abhyanga massage is a gentle but firm whole body massage from head to toe using warm medicated oils. Oils are chosen according to the prakruti (psychosomatic constitution). Abhyanga massage is a deeply relaxing, rejuvenating experience as well as a treatment in certain conditions. It protects from stress, anxiety, and exhaustion. It nourishes the body, extends the life span, provides good sleep, improves the skin texture, improves the vision and provides better physical stability.

•SHIRODARA
A profound treatment using Ayurvedic oils poured in a steady stream over the forehead and scalp. It allows the body's natural healing mechanisms to release stress from the nervous system. This therapy stimulates the nervous system by releasing neuro-hormones and creating feelings of relaxation and well-being.

•SVEDANA
Medicated Steam bath that eliminates impurities from the body, improves the tone and complexion of the skin, reduces fat and is used in the treatment of certain rheumatic diseases. Precious herbs and herbal leaves are boiled and the steam is passed over the entire body. Deeply cleansing for the body and mind.

•MARMA THERAPY
Marma points are connected with each other by energy channels called Nadis. Under normal circumstances, energy should flow uninterrupted through the Nadis while passing through the Marma points. Due to external influences like stress, tension, lack of rest, etc. energy tends to get blocked in Marma points. This results in symptoms of stress and strain. Marma therapy is a very good treatment to help release this blocked energy and aid stress relief.

•NASYA
A specific treatment for the sinuses and head, including a head-, scalp- and neck massage, steam inhalation and specific oils for opening the sinuses.

•BLISS THERAPY
A two hour blissful experience of Abhyanga (warm oil massage), svedana (herbal steam) and shirodhara (warm oil poured over the forehead). A wonderful treatment that deeply nourishes body, mind and soul and brings about a feeling of deep relaxation.

Abhyanga, Swedhana, Shirodhara $185 (2 hour treatment)
Acu-Bliss: Abhyanga, Cupping, Acupuncture, Svedhana (1.5 hour treatment $135)

•CUPPING
Cupping is an ancient method of healing that has proven to be especially effective for treating acute and chronic back pain, sciatica, shoulder pain, sprains and swellings, digestive disorders, colds and flu, bronchitis, allergies, asthma, immune disorders, neurological disorders and many more.

Special glass jars, when placed on the skin create a strong pulling force due to their vacuum effect. The suction is said to draw out toxins and help relieve pain, by increasing blood flow and oxygen in the tissues.

Sliding cups after massaging aromatic oils into the muscles, creates a powerful reverse massage. Invigorating, freeing and energizing, which serves not only to loosen up tight muscles, but is also beneficial for the underlying organs and the immune system. Cupping works on many levels and patients report relief not only on a physical level but also psychologically and emotionally.

DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
I have been using deep tissue massage together with shiatsu, reflexology, sports massage, polarity and Esalen massage to create a strong feeling of well being, rejuvenation, deep relaxation and increased energy. The repeated postural and traumatic insults of a lifetime, combined with the tensions of emotional and psychological origin, will often present a confusing pattern of tense, contracted, bunched and fatigued fibrous tissue.

More often than not, a combination of mental and physical stress will so alter neuro-muscular-skeletal structures as to create an identifiable physical change, which will itself be a generator of further stress, such as pain, joint restriction, general discomfort and fatigue. Many years of experience have taught me to intuitively coordinate the appropriate techniques for releasing tension and pain.

NUTRITIONAL AND LIFESTYLE CONSULTATIONS
Based on the traditional principles of Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. This is further enhanced by the latest Western nutritional research and blood work analysis.

A balanced diet enhanced by Chinese or Ayurvedic herbs or supplements, regular detoxification cleanses (Pancha Karma) and life style changes will create an environment for the body to heal, detoxify and regenerate.

Claudia specializes in blood chemistry analysis and how to achieve changes in abnormal levels with diet and supplements. If you have not had blood work done by your physician within the past three months, arrangements can be made to have the tests performed at a local lab.

Note:Suggested tests include chemistry panel, complete blood count, thyroid panel and urinalysis. Adrenal Stress, Candida and Parasite tests are also available.

HYPNOTHERAPY
Claudia is certified in clinical hypnotherapy and offers hypnotherapy sessions in combination with acupuncture for weight loss, tobacco, drug, alcohol, and food addictions, chronic pain, depression, anxiety and stress disorders. Hypnotherapy addresses the unconscious mind and helps with reprogramming bad habits and old beliefs that no longer serve the individual. Hypnotherapy is short-term, solution-oriented therapy that will bring great benefits to your life - more energy, better health, lasting peace of mind, success, and happiness.

•PRENATAL & POSTNATAL AYURVEDA AND CHINESE MEDICINE
- Healthy Mother - Blissful Baby!

Read the article "Oh Baby! Prenatal and Postpartum the Ayurvedic Way" - by Gina Tolleson, Santa Barbara News-Press, July 31, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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