About Bedford Acupuncture
SERVICESAcupunctureAndrea McKee, R.Ac works with you to help find the root of the problem by tongue and pulse diagnosis and looking at the individual as a whole. Andrea’s knowledge developed through Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine will help restore balance and heal naturally. Healing using acupuncture points can be stimulated to regulate the circulation of qi, which influences the health of the entire being.Acupuncture points can also be stimulated with different methods including:Acupuncture, the deepest level of stimulation;Acupressure, stimulation with the hands;Qigong, stimulation with no touch;Herbology, to balance the chemistry of the body’s systems, naturallyAcupuncture can help with: stress and anxiety, insomnia, fertility, menstrual irregularities, weight loss, pre-menopause, menopause, fibroids, endometriosis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, arthritis, constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating. As well as, acne, candida, psoriasis, eczema, allergies, colds, asthma, sinus conditions, addictions, fatigue, depression, and much more.60 minutes, $85Acupressure MassageAcupressure seeks to remedy illness through the application of deep finger pressure at points located along an ‘invisible’ system of energy channels called meridians. Acupressure massage can be used over general areas of the body to promote the flow of qi and blood through the stagnation in the meridian system. A wonderful treatment for those looking to detoxify and feel lighter, harmonized and more balanced.60 minutes, $80Auricular TherapyA type of acupuncture applied only to the ears. Ear acupuncture therapy is to treat diseases by stimulating certain points of the ear with needles. It is held in Traditional Chinese Medicine, that the ear is a microcosm connected with channels and collaterals and zang-fu organs, and is a part of the body as an organic whole.30 – 45 minutes, $45Hot StoneIf you are in need of something to help you relax, relieve muscle tension or to help forget about the rough day, then hot stone massage is right for you. The therapeutic benefits of hot stone massage have been around for centuries, ancient cultures have used this technique to improve overall mental, spiritual and physical wellness. It also helps to rejuvenate, relax, detoxify, harmonize and restore balance in the body’s system. Andrea works with movement of basalt stones over the entire body to help your body and mind relax at the deepest level. Some ailments that Andrea works on treating are, muscular aches and pains, MS, arthritis, fibromyalgia, stress, anxiety, circulatory problems, insomnia, depression and facial rejuvenation. Through treatments working with post natal care, is one that is highly beneficial to the new mother.90 minutes, $125ReflexologyWhen we are stressed our body’s defences break down and we become more susceptible to illness and disease. Reflexology reduces stress by generating deep tranquil relaxation, helping the body balance itself and allowing healing energy to flow. By stimulating more than 7000 nerves in the feet, reflexology encourages the opening and clearing of neural pathways. It interrupts pain pathways, reducing pain. Patients will notice improved circulation, improved immune system, and increased energy.30 – 60 minutes, $45 – $75Fire cuppingBy creating suction, fire cupping removes blockages in the flow of fluid in the body’s connective tissues to free themselves up. The sensation that you experience is similar to certain types of professional massages, instead of pushing, the fire cupping creates a pulling sensation. You will literally be able to feel tension in your body, particularly in your back muscles, beginning to free up. Very relaxing and promotes the smooth flow of blood and qi to internal organs as well as a great way to detoxify and release pain. Great treatment for pulled hamstrings, neck and shoulder tension and general back pain.GuashaGua is to scrap or rub and sha is the blood stasis in the subcutaneous tissue before and after it is released, appearing in the form of reddish, elevated skin ‘rash’. Guash is a Traditional Chinese healing art that dates back to over two thousand years. Guasha also helps to promote qi and blood circulation as well as removes heat, toxins and stagnant blood and lymph fluid from the body to improve one’s health. Great healing art for toxins, stagnation of blood and lymph fluid, fatigue and emotional stress. Red spots that appear on the skin indicate that toxins are being released, if the area is deep purple it indicates blood stagnation, dark green discoloration is a sign that the blood and toxic qi are being released from the system.Medical Qi GongA healing art that naturally reduces stress and calms the shen. No touch therapy. Promotes relaxation and natural healing. If one qi and vital energy are in good balance we are better able to respond to acupuncture treatments and are more likely to feel more at peace and healthy. About AndreaAndrea is passionate about helping others to live their lives free from health barriers. With her gentle spirit and compassionate nature, she strives to help each person in achieving their physical, mental and emotional goals toward wellness.Andrea has experience in working with an array of health conditions including migraines, arthritis, stress, anxiety, depression, upper respiratory infections, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, menstrual disorders, infertility, etc. She particularly enjoys the areas of internal medicine, women’s health, psychiatry, and pediatrics.CredentialsAcupuncture Diploma: Canadian College of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine (CCATCM)Total 2200 hours of instruction, including 660 hours of clinical practiceAcupressure Massage Level 1, 2,3 CertificationAtsuikuroishi (Japanese) Hot Stone Massage TherapistAuricular TherapistReflexology CertificationMedical Qi Gung CertificationLife Coach, CertificationAcupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine Association of NS (ATCMANS) memberChinese Medicine & Acupuncture Association of Canada (CMAAC) memberAs many of us do, I once lived a stressful life, never taking time to slow down always on the go, working 40+ hours a week and solely responsible for raising my child, I felt lost with myself, stressed and exhausted. I didn’t stop.I soon discovered firsthand how important it was to take care of myself and take time to breath. I was more tired than usual and lost a significant amount of weight. Too busy to notice, too busy to care. Until I found a lump. I was given less than a year to live, and my chances of surviving stage 4 cancer were slim to none. I had to stop.I have always had an interest in finding natural ways our bodies can heal, now more than ever I needed to dig deep within and turn this interest into knowledge, this knowledge into power. I underwent my chemo, graciously appreciating Western medicine, but I also felt strongly that my body would survive, despite what I was told. I was then introduced to Eastern medicine through the hospital. When your power is taken away, you do what you can to fight for it back. And I did. I found that, although my body was not meant to survive, it did. My spirit not broken, my mind more intrigued than ever. I started fresh.I quit my job, I enrolled in school and discovered how my interest, was now my passion. I need to do my part and help others prevent from getting sick, keep connected with themselves and heal with preventative care through living a balanced life. My hematologist told me the cancer would return, I am happy to say, I am seven years cancer free. I attribute this to living a balanced, peaceful life filled with natural preventative care.I practice Qi Gong and meditation regularly and take time to live in my moment. I feel happy and I choose to live with peace, love and joy over stress and chaos. .