What is Cupping Therapy?
Cupping is an ancient Chinese method of causing local congestion. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place. Cupping therapy has been further developed as a means to open the ‘Meridians’ of the body. Meridians are the conduits in the body through which energy flows to every part of the body and through every organ and tissue. There are five meridians on the back that, when opened, allow invigorating energy to travel the whole length of the body. It has been found that cupping is probably the best way of opening those meridians.
Cupping has also been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins. Cupping is the best deep tissue massage available. Now plastic cups based on the traditional cups by applying the traditional cupping therapy together with the magnetic therapy. The new cups have done away with the traditional firing. This has made the application of the cups more easily and safely. It has a good penetrating effect and a big drawing strength. It has not only improved efficacy but also simplified the procedures of cupping therapy.
What is Tuina?
When muscles are chronically tense or overworked waste products such as lactic acid can accumulate in them, causing soreness, stiffness, and even muscle spasm. By improving the circulation into and out of the muscles, Tuina helps speed the elimination of these toxins, easing discomfort. At the same time, the increase in blood flow helps support post natal qi by bringing fresh fuel and oxygen to body tissues, which can enhance the healing process after injury or speed recovery from disease.
Gua means to scrape or rub; Sha translates as reddish, raised skin, and describes blood stasis in subcutaneous tissue. Primarily used on the yang surfaces of the body (back, neck, shoulders, buttocks, and limbs), though occasionally applied to the chest and abdomen also used on hard tissues, such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones as opposed to cupping (soft tissues). Friction creates warmth, which draws intercellular fluid to the surface, removing toxins, and replacing them with freshly oxygenated fluid. Accelerates regeneration of stagnant area, moves Qi and Blood, releases the exterior. In modern medical understanding, stagnant fluids contain metabolic waste that congests the surface tissues and muscles. Gua Sha promotes circulation and normalizes the metabolic process. Important treatment for pain, resolves any kind of stagnation, whether external or internal, acute or chronic.