What is Tuina?
Tuina is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy often used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion, fire cupping, Chinese herbalism, t’ai chi, and qigong.Tuina is a hands-on body treatment that uses Chinese taoist and martial arts principles in an effort to bring the eight principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) into balance.
The practitioner may brush, knead, roll/press, and rub the areas between each of the joints, known as the eight gates, to attempt to open the body’s defensive (wei) chi and get the energy moving in the meridians and the muscles.
The practitioner can then use range of motion, traction, and massage, with the stimulation of acupressure points. These techniques are claimed to aid in the treatment of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions.Tuina is an integral part of TCM. -Make an appointment-
What is Cupping?
Cupping therapy is one of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s main treatment techniques. It is extremely useful for certain conditions, such as muscular stiffness and tension, which may have resulted from stress or overtraining in exercise. It is also used for unblocking respiratory and sinus disorders such as asthma, chest infection’s, colds, sinusitis.
ALBA Clinic uses traditional glass cups. They are applied to the body by suction. A flame is used to create a vacuum in the cup. It is then quickly placed onto the skin. The vacuum draws up the skin and muscle into the cup, causing the blood to move vigorously upwards with the suction.
In muscular treatments, the cups may be left on for 10 to 15 minutes to invigorate the blood circulation and help detoxify chronic, aching and blocked muscles. In respiratory conditions the cups are placed on and off quickly. This has the effect of relaxing the muscles around the lungs and the neck/head area with the aim of improving the circulation in the chest and head.
Cupping can leave a temporary mark. The mark that you observe displays the status of the the persons blood. A healthy muscle with good blood circulation does not leave a mark. If the muscle/blood circulation is sluggish it will show some “stagnation” in the form of a red mark. These marks will normally disappear within a week. -Make an appointment-