Cupping & Gua Sha
In addition to acupuncture & electro-acupuncture treatments sometimes we need a more direct modality to get the best effect possible. In cases where these treatments look aligned Kim may also utilize cupping & gua sha methods to help reduce muscle tension and release cold & flu pathogens.
Cupping utilizes cups with suction either by vacuum created by heat or by a pump to suck onto the skin, once cups are fized to position they may be left on the body or moved around in a massage like manner with a liniment to help move out stagnation. You'll always recognize someone who's had cupping done by the red/purple circle marks left behind by the cups!
In a similar fashion Gua Sha may also be used - Gua Sha is one of Kim's favorite techniques, which is a scarping style massage utilizing a gua sha tool or soup spoon and liniment. This technique often looks quite awful with the temporary marks it leaves behind but most clients find it actually FEELS great, like an intense massage.