Would you like pain relief or relaxation but don’t wish to have acupuncture? We now offer full sessions of cupping. We also provide Tui Na massage, and Total Bliss Relaxation, our unique synthesis of Tui Na/Swedish Massage/and acupressure. Do you want your private insurance plan acupuncture benefits to cover your treatment? Read on to the last paragraph and see how!
Cupping is an ancient technique used to promote circulation, reduce stress, detoxify, release the fascia, and relieve pain. We use a variety of techniques–sliding cups, which glide along meridians and muscle groups, stationary cups which pull out deep seated stagnation, and navel cupping to warm up the body and aid in conception. We also perform Gua Sha which is similar to cupping. It helps to release deep stagnation which is seen in chronic pain. It can also be used to help you fight off early respiratory infection.
Tui Na massage, which is the more stimulating of the 2 types of massage offered, is generally used for muscular tension and pain. Its techniques are similar to what you would experience with a deeper North American massage. Methods in Tui Na include rolling with the side of the hand, which opens up both energetic and physical blockages, promoting the flow of blood and Qi through the meridian system. Reducing these blockages relieves pain. Other techniques, such as “pinching” can stimulate the Du Mai, or Governing Vessel, boosting your immune system while giving you more vibrant energy. Acupressure on specific meridian points helps open the entire channel system relieving you of muscular and emotional tension, while balancing your organ system and mind. To enhance the effect, lineaments containing essential oils from the mint family may be used to further break up stagnation. Cupping and gua sha are considered to be Tui Na techniques.
If you would like a more gentle relaxing massage, we’d suggest trying our synthesis of gentle Tui Na techniques blended with Swedish Massage and acupressure. Instead of focusing on working deep into the muscles as with Tui Na, this massage penetrates deeply yet gently into your psyche, releasing any areas of tension or holding. If you really want to feel peace we highly recommend getting a Total Bliss Relaxation Massage which provides you with a lovely session of “ahhh”.
Our Total Bliss Relaxation technique smoothes away acquired stress and muscular tension. We use high quality organic essential oils such as lavender, juniper, clary sage, sandalwood and frankincense* to provide you with the deepest relaxation. For those of you who are more adventurous, we offer the massage with the addition of ear acupuncture or seeds–using about 2-5 points on each ear to deepen your treatment.
You can get massage covered by your private insurance plan when acupressure and or a little gentle acupuncture are incorporated into your session. We can easily do this for you, and in most cases, direct bill!
* While most people enjoy essential oils used in aromatherapy we do recognize that some people may have strong reactions to them. If you cannot tolerate scents, just let us know and we will use our premium quality scent-free oils.