Cupping, Tui Na, Gua Sha
The Adjunctive Therapies in Oriental Medicine are effective tools for healing and are incorporated into overall acupuncture treatments if they are indicated. These services are also offered a la cart.
Cupping is the use of suction cups to bring tension and toxins to the surface of the skin from deep layers. This is great for back pain, asthma, colds, and more. This technique has been used historically not only by the Chinese, but Latin, Middle Eastern and Eastern European cultures for generations. We often hear “my grandmother used to do that when I was sick as a child.” If your body is stagnant, it will leave distinct reddish-purple marks on the area it is administered for up to a week. For most people, the pain relief is worth it!
Guasha is a gentle scraping of the skin (without breaking the skin) to get to the muscle tissue where the flow of oxygen and nutrients has been impeded by tension and blockage in the muscle layer. It is a therapeutic technique that feels similar to a deep massage. This is great for back pain, neck and shoulder pain that is not relieved by massage alone. It is also used to strengthen the immune system at the onset of colds. Historically, the tool used to administer guasha was an animal horn. At Source Healing, we use a jade tool or a ceramic soup spoon. If your body is stagnant, it will leave distinct reddish-purple marks on the area it is administered for up to a week. For most people, the pain relief is worth it!
This technique, which incorporates the burning of a Chinese herb called Mugwort or Artemesia Vulgaris over acupuncture points in the body, opens up channels and promotes energy flow in the body that is closed due to stagnation, cold, or deficiency. The warming of specific locations on the body is a welcome comfort to individuals with these conditions. This tool is also commonly used for safe, effective breech baby turns.
Tui Na is simply acupressure, which is the use of hands and fingers on the acupuncture points on the body. This is different from massage in that the focus here is to use acupuncture points and channels to address the patient’s Root Diagnosis. Essentially, this is acupuncture without the needles. Since the goal of tui na is the release of blocked energy and improve flow, treatments can be more intense than a massage.
Breathwork strengthens the immune system, increases oxygen in the blood, and decreases the release of stress hormones while increasing the blood flow in your body. Qi Gong is just one of the styles that we teach during treatments.
Asian Bodywork Therapy is a discipline that meshes working with the body’s energy system and its muscular system. It recognizes that these are inseparable aspects of the human organism, using pressure and stretches to eliminate tightness and congestion in both muscles and energy. In this way muscle tissues and energy systems can most efficiently be freed to work harmoniously, smoothly and freely. Specific modalities offered include Thai Bodywork, Shiatsu, and Tui Na (Chinese bodywork). Thai Bodywork incorporates extensive passive stretches with manipulation of the Thai energy lines. Shiatsu and Tui Na both work with the Traditional Chinese Medicine meridians and acupoints as well as stretches. All these methods can be used alone or combined to make an individualized therapeutic treatment. Because so many stretches are used clients remain fully clothed, and it is suggested that clients wear flexible, comfortable clothing to their sessions