Glass, plastic or silicone cups are placed on the surface of the skin creating a vacuum effect and drawing up the underlying tissues (skin, fascia, muscles) partway into the cup. The cups may be moved or left in place depending on your comfort level and the practitioners' assessment of the problem. Temporary discolouration may occur over the area treated, which is a normal side effect, and can last anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks. Once the marks have cleared, the procedure can be repeated until the condition is resolved. Cupping is often very soothing and relaxing, however tenderness may be experienced comparable to a deep massage. Used to increase circulation, relieve pain, improve range of motion and treat respiratory disorders.
A gentle scraping technique applied over lubricated skin with a smooth-edged tool. Gua sha is a Chinese word that means Gua: scraping and sha: the small red or purple spots that surface on the skin during 'scraping'. The appearance of petechiae verifies local congestion in the tissues and shows that Qi and Blood have been moved and often appears concentrated at the site of pain. The discolouration can be quite shocking if one doesn't know what to expect, however this is a normal side effect from treatment and will disappear in a few days. Most commonly used to treat acute and chronic pain, stiffness or lack of mobility. It can also be used to treat respiratory disorders and fever.
A technique that involves burning a warming herb, moxa (aka mugwort or artemisia vulgaris) on or above the skin over acupoints or certain areas of the body to treat and prevent many health conditions. The penetrating moxa heat warms the muscles and meridians and increases circulation. It is also beneficial in strengthening chronic deficient conditions, eliminating cold and dampness, treating abdominal pain, diarrhea, arthritis, low back pain and gynecological disorders.
An Eastern form of therapeutic massage that uses dynamic techniques to stimulate acupuncture points, correct energy flow within the meridians and activate circulation within the tissues, muscles and joints. Tuina is often used in combination with acupuncture to maintain both physical and mental health.