Cupping involves placing glass or silicone cups on the body, creating suction that stimulates the skin and connective tissue. The suction creates space within the soft tissues so that toxins and fluid can be flushed out while loosening tight and painful areas. When cups are removed, there is increased blood flow to the area, which helps nourish the treated tissues.
Gua sha is a Chinese soft tissue therapy that involves scraping the skin and surrounding musculature with a smooth-edged massage tool. The technique is utilized to improve circulation, relax tight and painful musculature, break up scar tissue and reduce inflammation.
Moxibustion is a heat therapy that uses a dried herb commonly known as mugwort as the heat source. There are many types of moxibustion, but all are designed to warm, supplement and invigorate specific regions of the body in order to alleviate many types of symptoms.
Tui na is Chinese medical bodywork and massage. Multiple manual techniques are utilized in tui na so treatments can easily be tailored to your individual needs. Tui na is both relaxing and energizing and can be used to address a variety of conditions. Most commonly, tui na is used for musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, headaches, digestive disorders, the common cold, and pediatric disorders.
Qi gong is a form of gentle exercise that engages the mind, body and spirit. This therapy coordinates specific body postures or movement patterns with breathing and meditative techniques. Qi gong stretches tendons, ligaments and muscles, making it a great therapy for musculoskeletal conditions. Qi gong also focuses and settles the mind, making it a powerful tool for battling stress and anxiety.
Eastern Dietary Therapy
Food is medicine and healthy eating is a crucial part of improving and maintaining health. Eastern dietary therapy in based on the principle that individuals should be eating foods for their specific body constitution. Patients will fill out a 3-5 day diet log and the practitioner will assess the patient’s current diet and give suggestions based off of their Chinese medicine constitution and pattern.