Moxibustion, known also as moxa, is a circulatory therapy using hot mugwort herbs, held strategically at certain parts of the body, allowing warmth to penetrate the skin and muscle. The heat simply and efficiently stimulates blood flow into stiff, weak or cold areas to soothe, relax and supplement the body.
Gua-Sha Soft Tissue Technique
Gua Sha soft tissue therapy uses clean, smooth-edged tools to massage superficial scar tissue and stagnant fluids out of muscle and connective tissue. Specific oil, prescribed to the patient’s symptoms, is used to both protect the skin and deliver topical herbal therapy while the practitioner applies firm and fluid manual techniques with the gua sha instruments. Popular massage courses and products for Graston or IASTM protocols have developed from this ancient skillset. It is common that the friction creates slight discomfort and temporary skin discoloration as local inflammation rushes blood to the area to address pain, help movement and promote healing.
Myofascial Cupping is a suction technique using vacuum cups to lift the skin and superficial muscle layers gently upwards from the underlying connective tissue, managing adhesion pain and serving lymphatic circulation. It is not uncommon to be directed through specific physical movement exercises or have concurrent acupuncture during cupping therapy to further invigorate the flow of blood into the treatment area.