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Cupping/Gua Sha

Cupping is an ancient technique, used in many cultures, in which a special cup is applied to the skin and held in place by suction. The suction draws muscle and fascia into the cup, which may either be left in place or moved along the body. Cupping brings fresh blood to the area and helps improve circulation. Traditional cupping, sometimes referred to as “fire cupping," uses heat to create a vacuum-like suction inside of glass cups. In modern times, cups that use a small pump to create suction are more often used.

Gua Sha is a technique involves using a tool, often a porcelain Chinese soup spoon, to "scrape" along the muscle. Much like cupping, this modality breaks up adhesions, releases stagnation and promotes local circulation.