Cupping & Gua Sha


What it is

How it works

Frequently used and complements acupuncture. Suction cups, placed at various points on the body, create a vacuum that draws toxins to the skin's surface. This stimulates the person's immune response. The skin is the body's largest organ and it clears the body toxins quickly and efficiently because it has the richest circulation. Cups are either made of robust, rounded glass, plastic or bamboo.

A vacuum is created inside the cup by placing a flame for a very short period of time in the cup and then immediately placing the cup down over the selected area. Because the flame exhausts all the oxygen in the cup a vacuum is created and this has the effect of "drawing up" the skin beneath the cup. The effect of this is to encourage the flow of Qi and blood in the area beneath the cup. By moving the Qi and blood, local stagnation can be cleared.Cupping naturally draws blood to the external capillaries of the body and as a result minor weal or bruises may be left after a treatment.

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asthma
arthritis
constipation
high blood pressure
menstrual pain
headaches
back pain
sciatica

What it is

How it works

Different from other forms of massage, which focus mainly on relieving tension in the muscles. The purpose of Gua Sha is to stimulate circulation and move “stagnant” blood. Relaxation of the muscles is a natural response to this movement.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, blood stagnation can cause a wide range of health-related issues, including pain, stiffness and inflammation. Allergies, infertility, arthritis and tendinitis are all examples of disorders which are related to stagnant blood.

What it's good for?

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Gua Sha may be prescribed for any number of disorders, including:

asthma
arthritis
constipation
high blood pressure
menstrual pain
headaches
back pain
sciatica