The Art of Cupping and Tuina
Cupping has been used in Taoist medicine for approximately 300 years. It is a technique that uses small glass cups or bamboo jars on the skin creating a suction. There are different types of cupping such as moving where the cups glide over the body or stationary where the cup is placed on an area and retained.
Cupping is much like a massage but rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. Most patients find this to be very relaxing with a sense of release in the muscles. Cups are retained for approximately 10 or 15 minutes but may be more if severe stagnation exists. Generally, cupping is applied in conjunction with acupuncture but it can also be used alone.
Cupping releases the muscles, encourages blood flow, and can sedate the nervous system. It is ideal for back and neck pain, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite. It is widely used for lung congestion, allergies and upper respiratory conditions. Cupping is one of the most significant treatments for deep-tissue therapy and is believed to affect up to four inches deep from the external skin. Often times, toxins are released and blockages are cleared.
A sense of relief and relaxation makes this therapy a desired additional to any acupuncture treatment. Don't be afraid to give it a try!
A 2000 year old therapy Tui Na massage is effective for people of all ages. A rhythmic compression technique, Tuina is applied along different energy channels of the body. The techniques used in Tuina resemble western massage like gliding, kneading, vibration, tapping, friction, pulling, rolling, pressing and shaking. These techniques are applied to points in order to affect the flow of Qi, remove blockages and facilitate healing at a muscular and organ level. Like cupping, Tuina can enhance the effects of an acupuncture treatment and is often used in conjunction with other therapies.
Tuina is used for chronic and acute pain specifically related to the joints, muscles and skeletal system. It is very effective for arthritis, sciatica and muscles spasms and is effective in the alleviation of the stress related disorders like insomnia, constipation, headaches and other disorders related to digestive, respiratory and reproductive systems. Tui Na therapy is more common today than ever before due to it's effectiveness and therapeutic qualities bringing harmony back into the body while creating a relaxing environment.