Cupping, Gua Sha & Tui Na
Cupping is a treatment that uses suction created in special cups to lift the skin and promote circulation and drainage to the skin, muscle and surrounding tissues. Cupping is used in traditional medicine in many Asian countries and has a long history of usage in China. Cupping leaves marks in the shape of the cups that usually last for 3-5 days. The goal of cupping is to release tension and pain and increase blood and tissue circulation in the area.
Gua Sha is a scraping technique used traditionally in many Asian countries to promote circulation and nourishment to skin, muscles, and other tissues. A blunt edge, often a spoon, a coin, or a piece of stone is rubbed on the skin in repeated strokes until "Sha" or dark marks appear under the surface of the skin. These marks usually disappear within 2-5 days leaving less tension, pain and stiffness in the area
Tui Na is a type of Chinese medical massage that uses rhythmic motions and hand movements to regulate the flow of qi in the body to reduce pain and tension and support the proper functioning of the internal organs and body systems. Tui Na uses the same system of channels and points used in acupuncture but with a hands-on massage approach that does not include needles.
A person receives a Gua Sha treatment. Photo by Kristin Cofer
- A Cupping or Gua Sha treatment lasts 40 minutes
- A Tui Na massage appointment lasts 50 minutes
- The sliding scale for a Cupping or Gua Sha is $50-$30
- The sliding scale for Tui Na massage is $90-$70
- A Cupping or Gua Sha treatment can be combined with an acupuncture treatment