CUPPING, GUASHA AND MOXIBUSTION
CUPPING, also known as myofascial decompression, is one of the most ancient medical techniques in the world. Cups applied to the skin create a gentle suction that draws the local tissue into the cups, and may leave behind short lived circular bruises. The old Chinese maxim says that “where there is stagnation, there is pain,” and cupping addresses this by removing obstruction and encouraging the body to heal and regenerate. Cupping is a very safe method of treatment that can be utilized for a variety of conditions including musculoskeletal pain and tightness, athletic overtraining or strain, and stress reduction. In addition, cupping may also optimize athletic performance, speed up recovery, stretch muscles and connective tissues, improve overall wellbeing and so much more.
BENEFITS OF CUPPING THERAPY INCLUDE:
Alleviation of pain.
Reduced muscle tightness.
Reduction in range of motion restrictions.
Increased oxygen in local tissues due to increased blood flow.
GUA SHA is a natural alternative therapy that involves scraping of the skin surface in long strokes using a specific gua sha tool. This therapy is commonly used to improve circulation to a specific area of disease or disorder, break down scar tissue and connective tissue, relieve muscle and joint pain, reduce inflammation, benefit the immune system, and improve movement in the joints. This technique uses enough pressure to create minor bruising with red or purple spots called petechiae that usually dissipates within a few days.
MOXIBUSTION is a form of heat therapy which utilizes the burning of a compressed herbal stick near the surface of the skin around areas of pain, discomfort or specific acupuncture point locations. The smoldering end of the moxa stick is held an inch or two away from the skin surface until the area is infused with deep penetrating warmth. A smoke free moxa lamp option is also available as a wide spread, deep penetrating, prescriptive warming therapy. Moxibustion is often used for pain due to arthritis (especially cold patterns that naturally feel better with application of heat), digestive problems and irregular elimination patterns, protection against cold and flu, and gynecological and obstetric conditions like dysmenorrhea (painful periods) and breech presentation in late term pregnancy.