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Cupping Therapy

with Gua Sha | "Scraping"

Cupping therapy and Gua Sha, also known as scraping, are holistic healing techniques with roots in traditional Eastern medicine.  They both are effective treatments alone or a great addition to a massage session and even Reiki! 

In cupping therapy, glass or silicone cups are placed on the skin and suction is created to draw the skin upward into the cup. This suction promotes circulation, relieves muscle tension, and helps to release toxins from the body. The cups can be left in place or moved around to target specific areas. After cupping, circular bruises or marks may appear on the skin, which is a result of the suction and indicates that stagnant blood and toxins have been brought to the surface for elimination.

Gua Sha involves using a smooth-edged tool, often made of jade or rose quartz, to scrape the skin in long or circular motions. This scraping action helps to break up fascia adhesions, release muscle tension, and promote lymphatic drainage. Similar to cupping, Gua Sha may cause temporary redness or bruising on the skin, which typically fades within a few days but may last up to 2 weeks and sometimes more.

Both cupping therapy and Gua Sha are considered safe and effective methods for addressing a wide range of conditions, including musculoskeletal pain, inflammation, and stress. They can be used alone or in combination with other therapies to support overall health and well-being. It's important to seek treatment from a trained and experienced practitioner to ensure safety and optimal results.

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