Cupping is one of the oldest methods of traditional Chinese medicine. It is a therapy in which heated glass cups are applied to the skin along the meridians of the body, creating suction as a way of stimulating the flow of enegy. Cupping is used primarily to treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, and congestion; arthritis; gastrointestinal disorders; and certain types of pain. Some practitioners also use cupping to treat depression and reduce swelling.
Tuina (pronounced tween-ah) is a combination of special Chinese massage and skeletal manipulation and is somewhat similar to western chiropractics. As with all TCM modalities, the goal is to open up the blockages and remove the stasis of qi or blood. Tuina works specifically with the muscle channels, as well as correcting skeletal alignments. This treatment is wonderfully relaxing and particularly good for discomfort caused by misalignment of the spine or joints, and/or muscle tension.