Cupping and Gua Sha

 

Cupping is a technique used to increase blood and energy flow to a soft tissue area (back, neck or calves for example). A vacuum is created in a glass cup, and applied to the treatment surface. This suction can help with the detoxification process of many musculoskeletal conditions, as well as cold and flu, chest and respiratory complaints and soft tissue injuries. The cups can be left stationary on the skin, or slid up and down the area with oil.

Gua Sha is a scraping technique (usually with a smooth edged spoon or smooth bone instrument), which is used along soft tissue surfaces to increase the blood and energy flow to an area. Both are very therapeutic techniques and produce a similar feeling and results to a deep tissue massage.