Cupping is an ancient Chinese form medicine that stimulates the movement of qi and blood flow. Suction cups are placed on acupuncture points and air is sucked out of the cup using a hand pump. This causes tiny blood vessels under the skin to break which causes the skin to be discolored. The body’s immune response is triggered mobilizing blood and lymph  to move to the area to facilitate healing, Cupping also helps move stagnant qi which results when there is pain or an injury in the area

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is another technique used to disperse stagnant blood and qi in an area that typically has pain or an injury. A tool is used to scrape or friction the skin.  This can leave petechiae on the skin;  redness on the surface of the skin that looks like a bruise. Studies show that Gua Sha promotes healing of various conditions, lessens pain, boosts the immune system and speeds muscle recovery. Gua Sha can be minimally uncomfortable, but not painful.

Electrical Acupuncture using E-Stim

Electrotherapy has been used for centuries. The ancient Greeks used electric eels in foot baths to relieve pain and enhance blood circulation. With electroacupuncture, an electrical current is applied to the acupuncture needles using a device that controls the intensity of the current. It is beneficial in relieving acute pain, chronic pain, stimulated nerve growth, modulate the immune, endocrine and circulatory systems, It also improves muscle spasticity, accelerates tissue repair and helps heal wounds and scar tissue.

Dry Needling or Trigger point needling

Dry needling or Trigger point therapy is a form of acupuncture in which the needle in inserted into a trigger point. A trigger point is an area of tension in the muscle that forms a nodule. This can cause muscle pain and reduce range of motion. Inserting the needle into this point can cause the muscle to switch and then release. The results can be instantaneous and long lasting. For some people, this sensation is too intense and others are not bothered by it.


Add any of these powerful techniques to your massage or acupuncture treatment to increase your healing outcome