Asian Healing Treatments
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin. This mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing.
Depending on the specific treatment, skin marking is common after the cups are removed. This may be a simple red ring that disappears quickly, the discolouration left by the cups is normally from bruising especially if dragging the cups while suctioned from one place to another to break down muscle fiber. Usually treatments are not painful.
Each session lasts between 30-40 minutes.
Gua shai 刮痧 is a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped to produce light bruising. Gua Shai Treatment releases unhealthy elements from injured areas and stimulates blood flow and healing. Gua sha is sometimes referred to as "spooning" or "coining" by English speakers.
Gua sha involves repeated pressured strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth edge. Skin is typically lubricated with massage oil and commonly a ceramic Chinese soup spoon is used, or jade. A simple metal cap with a rounded edge is commonly used.
The smooth edge is placed against the oiled skin surface, pressed down firmly, and then moved down the muscles—hence the term tribo-effleurage (i.e., friction-stroking)—or along the pathway of the acupuncture meridians, along the surface of the skin, with each stroke being about 4–6 inches long. Each Session lasts between 30-40 Minutes.