The ancient technique of Cupping is thought to have been first described in the Ebers Papyrus one of the world's oldest medical textbooks (1500 B.C.) and details the Egyptians' use of cupping. Archaeologists have also found evidence of cupping in China dating back to 1000 BC.
Cupping Technique creates a suction and vacuum pressure and is used to soften tight muscles and tone tendonous attachments, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue (or fascia), bring hydration and blood flow to body tissues, move deep inflammation to the skin surface for release, and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways.
Cupping is a stand alone treatment. Although, we find it extremely beneficial to combine Cupping with Gua Sha technique to address chronic orthopaedic pain or sports injuries. We combine Cupping with Acupuncture to address Damp and Cold conditions in the Body and Channels.
Gua means to scrape and Sha refers to the red rash resultant from the scraping. Gua Sha is highly effective when treating muscle pain and stiffness as it breaks up muscle and fascial adhesions whilst increasing micro-circulation to the area.
The area of pain is first observed with gentle palpation followed by the application of a lubricant such as coconut oil or, in some cases, an herbal balm. Gua Sha tools are typically made from horn or jade. Horn tools are known to be energetically neutral, while jade tools are cooling and useful in moving deep stagnation.
Gua Sha technique can be used as a stand-alone treatment for hypertonic muscles in the shoulders and neck, tennis or golfer's elbow, IT band syndrome and others. It may be incorporated as part of a treatment plan for asthma, head cold, chest cold and digestive issues.
The Sha can look unsightly following a treatment, but disappears after a day or two. Clients report that the reduction of pain and increased range of motion far outweigh any short-term cosmetic blemish.