There are many different styles of therapeutic massage, some new and some very ancient. They all involve the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, and muscle spasm. Some techniques are quite gentle and are often used for stress relief. Others are more forceful and are used in helping the body heal from serious injury and illness.
In my practice, I often integrate acupuncture, massage therapy, moxibustion, and cupping to treat a wide range of pain conditions. I have been a massage therapist since 2000 years and utilize my training in Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sports and Thai massage to provide immediate relief to pain. I also provide on-going patient education, which typically extends the benefits of my treatment sessions.
Cupping is akin to receiving deep tissue massage, but done more gracefully, and in 5-10 minutes during a single treatment. Cupping is a tremendously helpful technique for pain cases as well as many other conditions. When combined with acupuncture and/or massage, the use of cupping will often cut down the number of treatments required for alleviation of pain by 30-70%. Cupping improves the circulation of blood, bringing toxic blood up and out and new blood in. Cupping helps such issues such as generalized pain, injuries of the back/shoulders/neck, herniated discs, disc degeneration, arthritis, and other conditions such as asthma, colds and flu’s, and insomnia.
Moxibustion evolved thousands of years ago in early northern China. It is part of traditional Chinese medical practices and came about at the same time as acupuncture.
Moxibustion involves the burning of moxa, an herbal wool made from the leaves of the Mugwort plant, over specific acupoints. The herb, which burns slowly and gives off a little smoke and a pleasant, incense-like smell, never touches the body. The moxa is often formed it into a small cone and placed on the tip of a needle or rolled into a cigar-like shape and passed over the skin in wave-like motions. The radiant heat produced by moxibustion penetrates deeply into the body to restore balance, promote circulation, build the Qi, and rid the body of excess moisture. Patients undergoing moxibustion generally enjoy the feeling of warmth and find it very relaxing.