Rachel Weissman

Tui NaGua Sha, Cupping, Acupressure...

A combination of massage, acupressure and other forms of body manipulation, these therapies work by applying pressure to acupoints, meridians and groups of muscles or nerves. Removing blockages while encouraging bloodflow and movement in these regions leads to improved health and vitality.


Tui Na emphasizes manual stimulation of acupuncture points and meridians. Tui Na can be understood as a hands-on form of bodywork that uses acupressure and TCM theory to achieve a variety of wellness goals, including pain relief and muscular health.


Gua Sha involves repeated pressured strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth tool. This causes extravasation of blood from the peripheral capillaries, relaxing muscles or relieving one's cold and flu symptoms. Patients typically feel an immediate sense of relief and change.


Cupping involves placing sterile glass cups on the skin with a vacuum. The therapy is utilized to relieve what is called "stagnation" in TCM terms, and is commonly employed in the treatment of respiratory diseases such as the common cold or bronchitis. Cupping is also utilized to treat back, neck, shoulder, and other musculoskeletal pain.


Acupressure is sometimes referred to as "needleless acupuncture," because both forms of healing use the same points to achieve desired results. Research shows that acupressure is effective when treating a variety of patients including pregnant mothers and children, or those undergoing chemotherapy. Acupressure increases circulation, reduces tension and enables the body to relax.

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