Cupping
 
Cupping is used in many traditions throughout the world,  it is used to help to:
  • Soothe coughs and colds
  • Releive muscluar tension and pain in the body
  • Treat sports injuries
  • Ease lower back pain
  • Release stress
  • Alleviate menstral pain
Glass cups are placed on the back, heat applied inside the cup which draws out oxygen.  The cup is then quickly placed on the body.   with no air in the cup, the flesh is drawn up into the cup creating a suction.   The cup can then be put to work on the muscle.  Cupping encourage circulation of Qi and Blood in the body and de-toxifies the organs by drawing out the impurities through the pores.
For injury treatment cupping is used to invigorate and move extravasted blood so that calcium and mineral deposits can be minimised. Encouraging fresh blood flow to the muscles promotes injured muscles to repair.


 
The cups are either left in a stationary position, or moved.  In stationary cupping, cups are either placed over acupuncture points or over injury sites and left stationary.   Stationary Cups can also be placed over an inserted needle for deeper stimulation.
I encorporate the deep, stimulating action of the cups into a massage.  The cups are moved up and down the back and around the scapula by placing a small amount of massage oil and sliding the cups. Moving cups stimulates Qi flow.   People find years of tension held in their back is releived.  
Sliding cups come with a warning.  As cups stimulate the circulation,  stagnant blood is brought to the surface. this appears a bruising,  the natural healing ability of the body eliminaltes this bruise, leaving muscles feeling more supple and much less achy.
 
MOXIBUSTION
Have you ever wondered how applying heat to various areas of the body can relieve pain and create an over-all sense of well being? Moxibustion therapy has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years.
Moxibustion, uses the common herb Mugwort, usually in combination with other herbs. The herbal compound is burned over certain acupuncture points or areas of the body. The dried Mugwort leaves are rolled into a cigar-like stick or used loose over protected skin to create warmth and facilitate healing.
Moxibustion has been shown to increase digestive function, increase white blood count and platelets when burned over certain points, and may have an effect on the transformation of T-cells. It is often used for pain syndromes and to treat areas that appear or feel cold on the body. Moxibustion is commonly used to treat menstrual cramps, diarrhea, fatigue and hypothyroidism.