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.
Qi Gong Therapy is a system of breath and movement. Qi Gong originated from Taoist medical practices designed to move the body towards an optimal state of health and wellness. It is a way to train correct and healthful movement, to strengthen areas that are weak, and to give support for healing of injuries. Based on your health concern, qi gong exercises may be selected for you that will best support your treatment. Usually these movements are designed to generate better integration of the whole body and to support everyday movements.
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.
Gua means to rub and Sha is the reddish, elevated, "rash" (aka petechiae) that results. Gua Sha is a technique that involves palpation and cutaneous stimulation where the skin is pressed in strokes by a round-edged instrument, resulting in Sha. The Sha rash or petechiae are intentionally raised in order to relieve pain, tension or stagnation. These marks should fade in anywhere from 2-7 days.
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.