There are many ways to deliver an acupuncture treatment without penetrating the skin at all.
Using tools or massage to activate the acupoints of the body is as ancient as the practice of inserting needles. One of the oldest books of acupuncture called the Ling Shu describes the tools of the trade as nine different types of needles, only one of which was actually meant to pierce through the skin.
The use of non-inserting needles and specialized metal tools to stimulate acupuncture points has been preserved and mastered in the many schools of traditional Japanese medicine, in particular Japanese Meridian Therapy and Toyohari.
There are also many modern techniques that stimulate the acupoints such as laser acupuncture, color therapy, vibrational tuning forks, and essential oils.
At Blue Fire Healing Arts we use teishin, elegant non-inserting tools made from copper, silver or gold, to gently stimulate acupuncture points, relieve muscle tension and knots, and to help balance the whole body.
Teishin treatment can address muscle tension, pain, and physical or mental stress. The teishin may be used at the beginning of the massage session to address underlying energetic imbalances, or during the session to focus on muscle knots or areas of stubborn tension.
The pressure is usually very light and the treatment is subtle and relaxing but effective.