Cupping & Gua Sha

Cupping & Gua Sha are Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques of clearing local congestion and stagnation within the body. Both treatments are intended to balance qi, or the flow of energy, increasing blood flow and improving lymphatic draniage. Cupping and Gua Sha are both very safe and effective for acute pain and discomfort. However, they require different equipment and are preformed differently. 

What is Cupping?

Cupping is a very effective form of myofascial release. It is a technique in which a vacuum is created within a cup using suction when the cup is placed on a patient’s skin. The suction works to break up adhesions that are blocking the flow of qi and nutrients to different parts of the body. Cupping can also stimulate lymphatic and blood flow to an area to remove toxins and facilitate healing. 

Cupping is Used to Treat:

The treatment does leave painless, circular marks on the body after the treatment. This happens because the suction force of cupping expands and breaks open tiny blood vessels (capillaries) under the skin. The marks normally take less than one week to disappear.

Gua Sha

“Gua” means scrape, and “sha” means rash. While this doesn’t sound like a relaxing treatment, the benefits are highly effective. Gua Sha is a firm, unidirectional pressure stroke to an area on the body using a blunt tool. It has been used to treat many different types of issues, such as pain, nausea, limited range of motion, and even fever and  coughing. 

Like Cupping, Gua Sha does leave marks on the skin called petechiae. This looks like a bruise or rash but is merely the rupture of tiny capillaries which cause red blood cells to rush to the surface tissues. This is different from bruising, which is caused by profound injury and traumatic bleeding and usually painful. Petechiae are, rather, not painful and actually signs of a successful treatment. 

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Reflexology applies pressure to specific points on the feet called reflex points that correspond to connecting body organs and systems. Each treatment helps to balance the nervous system and stimulates the release of endorphins to relieve stress. 

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a perfect way to destress, detoxify, and decrease pain, so you can get back to your day feeling refreshed and revived. With a range of massage techniques our licensed massage therapists will customize the right treatment for your unique needs.

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