The Gua Sha technique is a method from the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), having its origins in the prehistory, where they had the habit of rubbing their bodies to relieve symptoms of pain. The term “gua” means to scrape, brush, scratch and the term “Sha” has a more complex meaning, ultimately it's the petechiae (bleeding capillaries, its important to note these are not bruises). While this might not sound like the most enjoyable experience, when performed correctly, gua sha is relaxing and therapeutic. Gua Sha’s great effects exist by its simultaneous action on the skin, in the connective tissues, in the lymphatic system, in the muscles, blood vessels and the internal organs.
Cupping has been used in China for years. It has become more popular since celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow or athletes like Michael Phelps have brought it to main stream. Chinese medicine cupping is used to treat arthritic symptoms, asthma,
the common cold, chronic cough, indigestion problems and some skin
conditions. Cupping is performed by applying cups to selected skin points and creating pressure within the cups, either by heat or by suction. This promotes blood circulation, improves immunity and reduces inflammation.
Cupping is used for prevention and therapeutic purposes. Cupping helps treat lower back pain, neck and shoulder pain, headache and migraine, knee pain, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis and asthma. This is a great treatment for all ages.