Acupressure & Cupping Therapy
Acupressure is the practice of manual (hand/finger) stimulation of acupuncture points. Typically, a series of points along a particular channel are stimulated to facilitate the flow of Qi or energy related to the channel’s associated organ. Acupressure stimulation of points can also be combined with essential oil application to specific points to create a powerful healing resonance effect.
Cupping is a safe and painless technique using small glass or plastic jars as suction devices. The cups are generally applied to the back and placed over acupuncture points or moved along the back meridians. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage – rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. The negative pressure created is beneficial for increasing circulation, detoxifying local tissue after injury, and reducing pain. Traditionally, cupping was used to help respiratory problems, but it is also very effective at treating chronic neck and back pain as well as boosting our immune systems (Wei Qi).