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Cupping is an ancient technique, used in many cultures, in which a special cup is applied to the skin and held in place by suction. The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup, which may either be left in place or moved along the body. Cupping brings fresh blood to the area and helps improve circulation. Traditional cupping, sometimes referred to as “fire cupping," uses heat to create a vacuum-like suction inside of glass cups. In modern times, cups that use a small pump to create suction have also been introduced.


Moxibustion involves the heating of acupuncture points with smoldering mugwort herb (known as moxa). Moxibustion stimulates circulation, counteracts cold and dampness in the body, and promotes the smooth flow of blood and qi. This safe, non-invasive technique may be used alone, but it is generally used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment.

Gua Sha

Gua sha is an alternative therapy that involves scraping the skin with various tools to improve circulation. This ancient Chinese healing technique may offer a unique approach to better health, addressing issues like chronic pain.  In gua sha, a technician scrapes the skin to stimulate circulation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow.  The technician applies massage oil to your skin, and then uses the tool to repeatedly scrape your skin in a downward motion.  Gua sha is intended to address stagnant energy, called qi, in the body that practitioners believe may be responsible for inflammation. 

Tui Na

Tui na means "pushing grasping," and is a powerful form of Chinese medical bodywork. Based on the same Oriental medical principles as acupuncture, tui na seeks to improve the flow of qi through the meridian channels. Tui na is particularly effective for conditions involving muscles, tendons and joints, such as structural misalignment, orthopedic problems and sports injuries. It can also be used to treat internal diseases.

Kinesio Tape

Kinesio Tape is often used to mitigate pain and to facilitate lymphatic drainage.  By subtly lifting the skin kinesio tape increases interstitial space, allowing for a reduction in pressure and inflammation while increase the movement of lymphatic fluid.  Kinesio tape can also be used as a postural tool and helps to stimulate neuromuscular connections through subtle feed back loops.



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