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Gua Sha

Gua Sha, which means to scrape toxins, is an ancient technique for promoting normal blood circulation and enhancing metabolic processes. The technique involves rubbing the skin of the upper back, neck, or chest with a round-edged instrument. Gua Sha is valuable in addressing pain, upper respiratory and digestive problems, as well as a number of acute or chronic conditions.


Cupping is an ancient technique, used in many cultures, in which a special cup is applied to the skin and held in place by suction. The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup, which may either be left in place or moved along the body. Cupping brings fresh blood to the area and helps improve circulation. Traditional cupping, sometimes referred to as “fire cupping," uses heat to create a vacuum-like suction inside of glass cups. In modern times, cups that use a small pump to create suction have also been introduced.


Moxibustion involves the heating of acupuncture points with smoldering mugwort herb (known as moxa). Moxibustion stimulates circulation, counteracts cold and dampness in the body, and promotes the smooth flow of blood and qi. This safe, non-invasive technique may be used alone, but it is generally used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment.

Tui Na

Tui Na is a type of traditional Chinese medical massage with varying techniques, ranging from light and soothing to strong and invigorating. The term Tui Na (pronounced twee-nah) combines the names of two of the hand techniques: "tui" meaning to push, and "na" meaning to lift and squeeze. Some practitioners of Tui Na claim there are more than 365 hand techniques, although they can generally be placed in the categories of pressing, rubbing, waving, shaking, drumming, or manipulating. Refined over the centuries, Tui Na facilitates healing by regulating the circulation of blood and chi (vital energy), which then controls body function and enhances resistance to disease.