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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. Cupping is used to immediately reduce muscular pain and tension as well as stimulate the body's own healing response. The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup which brings fresh blood to the area, improves circulation and cellular metabolism, decreases inflammation, encourages new capillary growth, and stretches fascia and connective tissue.

Gua Sha

Gua sha therapy utilizes a smooth surfaced tool to provide unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface to intentionally create minor reddening of the skin or petechiae called ‘sha.’ It does not feel painful and provides immediate and lasting pain relief. Modern research shows the temporary therapeutic petechiae produce an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect throughout the body that persists for days following a single Gua Sha treatment accounting for the immediate relief that patients feel from pain, stiffness, and injury. 

Moxibustion and Infrared Heat

Moxibustion involves the local heating of skin and superficial tissues at acupuncture points and/or at tender and painful areas. To do this, the Artemesia plant, commonly known as mugwort, is burned over the skin, and emits infrared rays. Infrared rays are invisible waves of energy that have the ability to penetrate all layers of the human body, penetrating into the inner-most regions of the tissues, muscles and bone. For those sensitive to smoke, I use a TDP lamp which emits the same infrared energy as moxibustion and provides the same therapeutic effect. 



Cupping Therapy, Victoria BC


Acupuncture for Back Pain, Victoria BC

Acupuncture, Victoria BC