TUI NA, CUPPING

Tui Na literally translates to “push, lift and grasp”. It is a medical massage technique that helps move and circulate Qi in the body.

I often use Tui-Na in conjunction with acupuncture for musculoskeletal relief as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions. Techniques may be gentle or quite firm.

Cupping therapy is the use of glass suction cups to move qi and blood that is trapped in the surface layer of the body. This can help treat pain, deep scar tissue in the muscles and connective tissue, muscle knots, and swelling. I also use cupping to help relieve sickness, fever, and skin disease. Although it can leave ‘bruises’, the technique itself is often relaxing and feels very releasing.

Other treatment modalities include moxibustion (warming) and gua sha (scraping). I choose the treatment modality based on what you are presenting and therefore need, at the time of treatment.