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Chinese Medicine Treatment Modalities
(Physical add-0ns to treatments):

The use of small plastic or glass cups placed over specific areas of the body by the acupuncturist.  A vacuum is created using suction.  Plastic or glass cups may be moved over the effected area or left in place.

Designed to stimulate the flow of blood and Qi (pronounced "chee") within the muscle layers.  Cupping is used for many ailments including (but not limited to) sore muscles, tension, neck pain, and the common cold.

A friendly reminder - after a cupping session you may or may not have red "rings" caused from the suction of the cup.  No need to be alarmed, this WILL fade away within a few moments after treatment.


Gua Sha:
This ancient Chinese healing technique may offer a unique approach to better health, addressing issues like chronic pain.  In gua sha, a technician scrapes your skin with short or long strokes.  They make these strokes with a smooth-edged instrument known as a gua massage tool. The technician applies massage oil to your skin, and then uses the tool to repeatedly scrape your skin in a downward motion.

Designed to release muscle tension, tightness, and constriction.  Gua sha is also designed to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow.  Gua sha is intended to address stagnant energy, called Qi (pronounced "chee"), in the body that practitioners believe may be responsible for inflammation. Inflammation is the underlying cause of several conditions associated with chronic pain. Rubbing the skin’s surface is thought to help break up this energy, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.

Gua sha is generally performed on a person’s back, buttocks, neck, arms, and legs. A gentle version of it is even used on the face as a facial technique. Your technician may apply mild pressure, and gradually increase intensity to determine how much force you can handle.


Treatment Add-ons - Natural Solutions Acupuncture & Bodywork in Waterloo, NY59 Washington Street
Waterloo, NY 13165

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