Cupping is a therapy in which a glass jar is attached to the surface of the skin through the use of a vacuum effect created through the introduction of heat inside the jar. This method is simple and the therapeutic effects are good. Cupping has the function of warming and promoting the free flow of vital energy (Qi) within the acupuncture meridians, dispelling cold dampness, reducing swellings and eliminating pain. In practice cupping is mainly used to treat arthritis that worsens with cold damp weather, such as pain in the back and shoulders, musculo-skeletal pain caused by trauma or over-exertion, the initial stages of a cold or flu, and lung disorders such as cough or asthma. Generally the cup is sucked in place for 10 minutes. The skin becomes congested and creates a purple “bruise” in the local area which will disappear in a few days.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used for healing purposes throughout Asia for thousands of years. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi (energy), and enhance overall vitality and health.
Gua Sha is a technique specific to traditional Chinese medicine. It developed thousands of years ago with the purpose of ‘scraping” away unwanted energy or illness. This type of technique will facilitate the loosening of the fascia or sheath like layers of the muscle tissue that can become “glued” or stuck together. In this way Gua Sha can and will dislodge the fascia from the underlying muscular adhesion or “trigger point”. When Gua Sha is performed it leaves a reddened area on the surface of the skin in much the same way as a “rug burn” may look, however there is generally no pain involved when performed correctly. When this technique in performed correctly there will be a lessening of the pain and congestion within the muscle tissue. It can additionally be used for the lessening of symptoms of colds and flu when in the initial stages of the disease. In Asia it is commonly used in the home to ward off the initial attack of a cold.
Acupressure is a form of bodywork similar to acupuncture, with the aim of stimulating specific points along the energy lines of the body to establish overall health and vitality by balancing your Qi (vitality). Unlike acupuncture however with this modality I use my hands and or fingers to apply pressure to the specific points rather than needling, producing similar therapeutic results.