Gua Sha and Tui Na
Healing with the power of touch
"Gua sha" is the Mandarin translation for "scraping redness", a technique of releasing fascial tissue and creating minute tears in the tissue to stimulate local inflammation, blood flow and healing in an area of tightness. Most people find this provides great relief of their tension and soreness and speeds recovery from injury. "Tui Na" translates as "pushing-pulling" and is a vigorous style of massage for similar effect.
Chinese Fire Cupping
Detox and Renew
This often-requested technique feels like a pressure-valve release. It acts to increase blood flow like a deep tissue massage, but creates suction on the tissue instead of pressure. Cupping is often done on the back or large body areas. It works by using a flame to suction the glass to the skin, and gliding the cup along tight muscles with massage oil. Similar to gua sha, it feels very relaxing for most people but can leave petechiae, (i.e. tiny purple dots on the skin) for a few days. Opt for another treatment technique if it's swimsuit/wedding season and you don't want to look like you got a massage from an octopus!
Forms (Home Clinic)
Initial (75 min)
45 Minute Treatment
60 Minute Treatment
(10-session series recommended)