Tui Na focusses on the use of a variety of massage techniques to work with the meridians and acupoints to relieve pain, regulate the flow of Qi and blood, restore functional anatomy and improve internal physiology.
Tui Na methods offer an additional deep acting and effective tool to tonify, disperse, activate, harmonise and warm Qi and blood to therapeutically benefit a wide range of sports injuries and musculo-skeletal conditions.
Simply put, pain is regarded in Chinese Medicine as reflecting a stagnation or blockage of Qi and blood in the affected area. Oscillating Tui Na techniques create a wave pattern through repetitive dynamic movement that penetrates deeply into the body and activates the circulation of Qi, blood and body fluids. Pressure techniques facilitate the release of blockage to relieve Qi and blood stagnation.
Cupping is an ancient cross-cultural technique used to manually pull tissue toxins and stagnation of Qi and blood out of the deeper tissue layers to the surface of the skin. Cells use oxygen and release carbon dioxide as by-products of waste in cellular physiology. When Qi and blood become stuck or stagnant, that cell waste is not circulated out as efficiently as it should be and builds up creating tissue congestion and pain.
Fire cupping involves creating a vacuum in glass cups with a flame before they are placed on specific acupoints and areas of the body, usually the back, neck and shoulders. This initiates a strong suction action that powerfully draws stagnation to the level of the surface, where it is much easier for the superficial capillary-rich blood supply to discharge tissue toxins. When these are lodged deeper in the tissues, it is much harder for the body to perform this normal process.
Cupping not only enables a tangible way to draw the stagnation out to the surface where it can be more effectively resolved but in doing so, draws fresh oxygen rich blood into the affected area so that the congested tissues become oxygenated and irrigated with revitalising Qi and blood.
Cupping is both a diagnostic and therapeutic technique that is a valuable adjunct to Acupuncture and Tui-Na for:
- Sports injuries
- Musculo-skeletal conditions
- Physical trauma injuries
- Respiratory conditions such as chronic bronchitis
- Low immune system
- Insomnia, anxiety, stress and tiredness
- Digestive disorders such as indigestion, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome