Bradley Benninger, Acupuncturist.
Bradley Benninger has been practicing acupuncture since 2010. He studied Asian philosophy and history at Trent and Concordia University where he graduated with Honours with an interdisciplinary degree and has practiced meditation and qigong for the past 20 years. Bradley was instructed in Ch’an meditation and the Darye Tea Ceremony at Hwaeomsa and Songgwangsa monasteries in Korea, and at Wudang Shan and Qing Cheng Shan in China. When he’s not in the clinic practicing medicine, Bradley teaches at the Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is a registered acupuncturist with the College of TCM Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO).
Acupuncture harmonizes the body through the insertion of fine needles into carefully selected points along the channels of the body. This process helps release blockages, tension and knots from the body. Acupuncture is gentle, safe, and effective for:
- Relieving pain: musculoskeletal pain, nerve pain, headaches
- Resolving tension in muscles and sinews
- Fertility and regulating the menstrual cycle
- Depression, anxiety
- Balancing the immune system: allergies, inflammation
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) heat therapy in which a compressed herb, mugwort, is burnt to warm regions of the body and acupuncture points with infrared heat to stimulate circulation and induce a smoother flow of blood and qi.
Tuina is a style of massage that uses traditional Chinese medicine and martial art principles to bring the body to balance. The practitioner may brush, knead, roll/press, or rub the areas between each of the joints –known as the eight gates – to open the body’s qi and improve circulation in the meridians, muscles, sinews, and tissues. This range of motion, traction, massage stimulate acupressure points; it is effective to treat both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many internal conditions.
“First find the cause of an illness and determine which disharmony prevails. To balance this disharmony, the first and foremost measure is appropriate diet. It is not until this measure bears no results that one should use medicines”
Foods are a gentle medicines. TCM nutritional therapy focuses on the qualitative effects (warming, cooling, dispersing, astringing etc.) of foods on the body. Health is an expression of balanced qi, and foods have therapeutic actions which help the body to stay balanced or bring it back into balance.
Qigong is a system of slow meditative movements. It uses breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to strengthen, and circulate qi. Qigong practice makes the body strong and supple. It improves balance, stamina, and flexibility. It has positive effects on the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, immune, and central nervous systems. Qigong practice helps to reduce or eliminate chronic pain.
Cupping involves placing cups with heated air on the surface of the body, as the air inside the cup cools and contracts, a vacuum is formed. This enables the cup to create suction, drawing on soft tissue, muscles, and infusing the area with blood and lymph This allows the body to heal tissues faster.