transmission wellness is proud to offer more than talk therapy! We now can collaborate with in-office providers to offer meditation, yoga, massage, cupping, gua sha, acupuncture, and nutrition consultations! For those that have been nervous to try bodywork, our providers are well versed in working within the boundaries of those with trauma histories, scar tissue, and shyness. Keep clothing on if you wish; face up or face down with eyes open or closed. It's up to you!
CUPPING (from http://www.naturaltherapypages.com)
Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (either by heat or suction) in order to draw and hold skin and superficial muscles inside the cup. Sometimes, while the suction is active, the cup is moved, causing the skin and muscle to be pulled. This is called gliding cupping. Cupping is applied to certain acupuncture points as well as to parts of the body that have been affected by pain, where the pain is deeper than the tissues to be pulled. Cupping has greater emphasis on the back acupuncture due to the ease with which it can be performed on the back. Most practitioners use the back shu points or bladder meridian and the dazhui. It is frequently used after acupuncture, blood letting, or plum blossom treatment. Cupping is based on the meridian theory of the body. On one hand, cupping removes any stagnation in the body and opens the meridians so that qi can flow freely. On the other, it also helps to rejuvenate certain meridians and organs that are not functioning at their best. From a scientific standpoint, cupping is known to help activate the lymphatic system, promote blood circulation, and is good for deep tissue repair.
GUA SHA (from http://www.acupages.com)
Gua Sha massage is a traditional Chinese medical technique that is not as well known as acupuncture, but just as effective. Gua means to scrape and Sha means toxins, which can give you a clue about how the practice is used. During a Gua Sha session, a practitioner will use a special tool to gently scrape your skin and stimulate circulation.
Gua Sha treatment improves the flow of your life energy (Qi). It can help with chronic pain, poor circulation, fatigue, infections and emotional stress.
Gua Sha technique is a two-step process, first phase of which is applying oil onto your skin. The Gua Sha oil has healing herbs that will help the removal of toxins. Then your practitioner will use a special tool to scrape in specific patterns over your neck and back.