CUPPING / SCRAPING
Cupping is most often used to alleviate symptoms of systemic diseases and conditions such as asthma, arthritis, bronchitis and abdominal pains. Cupping also removes toxins from the body.
Our Therapists use lubricants to allow the cups to be moved across the patient’s body, sometimes referred to as sliding cupping, although never across bony structures such as the spine.
Some patients also seek treatment for neuromuscular or muscular skeletal ailments, since the cupping process draws up skin and some subcutaneous muscle layers. Many people claim a sense of restored energy and pain reduction following treatment.
Yin is linked to a chill in the body and yang to fevers. This means that an excess of yin (and therefore a shortage of yang) leads to what is known in TCM circles as ‘excessive cold syndrome’; symptoms include aches and pains, brought on by cold and dampness, which are treatable through cupping.
The method of using steam as a cure for aches and pains has been used for thousands of years and is often overlooked in this modern world of medicine.
Steam applied to the right parts of the body, particularly medicated steam, often will provide a cure on it's own, but when combined with Remedial Massage and Acupuncture can have great benefits and can often lead to a cure in a far quicker time than just massage alone.
Our steam bed is a traditional Chinese method for treating tight or sore muscles. We vent medicated steam to your back and legs through the openings in the bed. Over ninety percent of first time customers feel immediate results! This kind of therapy is under-utilized in the western world; with only a minority of European countries hanging on to saunas and steam baths.
Scraping is the technique of using a smooth edge tool – traditionally that of a horned animal bone or ceramic spoon – is used to apply pressured strokes to the skin along the pathways of the acupuncture meridians, usually along the ‘bladder meridian’. The resulting blemishes range from dark blue-black to a light pink, and fade after about a week. The treatment is said to expunge the body of fever and other symptoms of excessive heat syndrome.
HOT STONE MASSAGE
As the name implies, Heated smooth flat stones are placed on key points of the body. Heat promotes blood flow and the healing process. This is a very therapeutic process leaving the client feeling very relaxed and calm.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years; in fact, the actual Chinese character for acupuncture, translated literally, means "acupuncture-moxibustion." The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.