Church St

Massage and Acupuncture Centre

42A Church Street,
Hawthorn, VIC, 3122
Phone/Fax: 03 9855 0568

We provide the highest quality of massage and treatments.

Private health insurance extras cover and Workcover provided.

Energising Meridian Massage

Meridians are energy pathways, a system or network of invisible bodily energy (qi) channels that run and recharge the body's energy fields. The meridians interconnect deep within the body core and there are specific acupressure points along the meridians. They can be envisioned as highways between the acupressure points in the body.

In the simplest analogy, the meridian systems is something like the train network system that connect the vital town and city areas. The acupuncture points are similar to the various train stations and the meridian lines are similar to the train tracks that connect this vital town and city areas.

Blocked energy points or areas are at the source of malfunctions, dis-ease and degeneration of associated organs, tissue and energy pockets, as they turn off our innate ability to receive proper nutrients from the food we ingest, to feed the blood properly, to heal and regnerate.

In the last twenty years, the meridian theory is becoming an important therapy in complementary medicine. Different from tradtional medicinal treatments, the meridian therapy takes acupuncture massage to palliate the symptons of patients. These include kneepain, chronic conditions such as insomnia, constipation, migraines and the tension associated with stress, poor blood circulation, cold hands and feet.

Some of the common exmaple of blockages in our meridian systems are overweight, underweight, deterioration of sleep quality, aches and pains, lethargic, high blood pressures, and a bloated stomach.

Gua Sha (Scraping Therapy)

Gua Sha is similar to massage and acupressure, but it focuses directly on increasing blood flow beneath the surface of the skin. This heightened circulation can lead to a number of noticeable healing effects in the body.

In recent decades, Western physicians and patients have begun studying and using gua sha. Today’s researchers have found scientific explanations for gua sha’s anti-inflammatory and immune boosting effects, which may last for days and counteract a number of symptons and diseases.

Researchers have shown that gua sha causes a dramatic increase in circulation in the soft tissues under the skin. It helps disperse toxins by increased circulation and aiding lymphatic and immune systems. Then as the blood is reabsorbed by the body, it promotes an enzyme 9HO-1) which is anti-inflammatory and increases immunity. These potent chemicals fight infection, inflammation and a number of other diseases.


Swimmer Michael Phelps recently competed in the 2016 Olympics swimming events with purple circles visible on his shoulder and back, cupping marks. Cupping marks were also commonly seen in many other Olympic swimmers and athletes.

Glass cupping first and foremost warms the body by promoting the free flow of Qi (energy) and blood in the body. Glass cupping is applied based on this function to treat circulation disorders, pain caused by stagnation of Qi and/or blood, and numbness or tingling in the extremities. Cold hands and feet, menstrual pain, musculoskeletal disorders and headaches are all examples of disorders caused by a stasis of Qi or blood in the body. We use different types of glass cupping to treat these disorders.

Weak Cupping

Weaker suction cupping allows for gentle treatment that can be used on patients of any age. This method is intended to remove stagnation and tonify weak Qi and Blood without depleting energy in the weak or frail. Weak cupping is effective for trating heat conditions such as stress, stomach problems or neurological conditions including paralysis and post stroke weakness.

Medium Cupping

This type of cupping has a stronger suction than weak cupping and thus is suitable for muscular pains, stress problems, and enhancing circulation of the body.

Strong Cupping

This has the firmest suction of all three and therefore drains Qi from the patient. Strong cupping is able to manipulate significant amounts of blood and Qi, often leaving marks. This type of cupping removes toxins and imbalances that cause diseases, improves blood circulation, treats painful, swollen joints, and stiff or frozen shoulders.

Moving Cupping

Moving cupping applies strong cupping to a larder area of the body. Cups are moved while still in suction and is effective for excess heat conditions of the skin such as acne, skin lesions and inflammation. It helps treat neurological conditions such as paralysis, post stroke weakness and painful swollen joints by manipulating excess energy and bringing up the heat to the surface of the skin.

Empty (Flash) Cupping

Cups are re-applied multiple times to create a popping action. Flash cupping stimulates blood and Qi, improving the immune system in the weak and frail. This method is commonly used for treating children and the elderly.


Moxibustion is another supplemental therapy in Chinese Medicine used to treat and prevent disease by applying eat to specific points on the human body. This type of treatment is commonly called “moxa” and has strong medicinal value for many illnesses. The Chinese classics state, “When a disease fails to respond to herbal medication and acupuncture, moxibustion is suggested”. Moxibustion uses dried and aged Chinese mugwort (moxa) and is applied to specific acupuncture points on the body to create warmth and stimulate healing.

Moxibustion benefits the body in several ways. First, it regulates the smooth flow of Qi and blood in the body. Second, moxibustion warms the meridians, expelling cold and dampness from the body. Third, the warming of certain points produces a slow heat that penetrates deeply into sore and painful muscles. Lastly, moxibustion stimulates the immune system to prevent disease and keep the body healthy.

Common disorders aided by moxibustion include digestive illness, arthritis, lower back pain, numbness in the finger and toes, and menstrual cramping. Overall, moxibustion therapy calms and warms the body, allowing for increased circulation and decreased pain.

General fatigue and susceptibility to colds and flu can also be helped with the application of moxibustion. Moxa strengthens the bodies of Qi, providing for increased energy throughout the day. Often mood swings and energy slumps in the afternoon can be prevented. Moxa increases the bodies resistance to colds and flu and can be especially helpful to patients who catch contagious viruses that circulate in the winter. A compromised immune system not only causes sensitivity to increased colds and flues, but can lead to more serious illnesses. A systematic one to two month treatment with moxibustion can significantly improve the strength of the immune system and the body's resistance to infection.


Deep Tissue (Remedial) MassageRelaxation Massage
AcupunctureFoot on Back Massage
Sports MassageReflexology
Chinese MassagePregnancy Massage
Gua Sha (Scraping Therapy)Energising Meridian Massage
Herbal Ball MassageGlass Cupping
MoxibustionShiatsu Massage

Suitable For

Motor System Problems

Arthritis and Ankle ArthritisSporting Injury
Tennis ElbowUpper/Lower Back, Neck, Shoulder, Leg and Foot Strain
Joint Sprain and Muscle StrainProtrusion of Lumber Intervertebral Disc
SciaticaChronic Fatigue Syndrome

Neurotic Problems

StressMigraine, Headache and Dizziness
NeurosisWeight Loss
Rehabilitation from Stroke and Brain DamageQuitting Smoking

Internal Problems

Hay feverAsthma
Digestive problems and GastroHigh and Low Blood Pressure

Gynaecological Problems


Our Staff

All of our massage and acupuncture practitioners are fully qualified.