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Massage Therapy

Therapeutic massage involves manual kneading or manipulation of the body's muscles, fascia, and tissue. Injuries involving repetitive motion, overuse, or trauma often respond very well to massage therapy. There are many types of massage that can be used to help alleviate pain, improve range of motion, and improve the body's function and tolerance to daily activity. Many people also find massages to be an important part of their regular self-care plan, to help reduce the effects of stress and a busy lifestyle.  


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. The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup, which may either be left in place or moved along the body. Cupping brings fresh blood to the area and helps improve circulation. Traditional cupping, sometimes referred to as “fire cupping," uses heat to create a vacuum-like suction inside of glass cups. In modern times, cups that use a small pump to create suction have also been introduced.


Moxibustion involves the heating of acupuncture points with smoldering mugwort herb (known as moxa). Moxibustion stimulates circulation, counteracts cold and dampness in the body, and promotes the smooth flow of blood and qi. This safe, non-invasive technique may be used alone, but it is generally used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment.


Qigong means "life energy cultivation" and is traditionally seen as a method to cultivate and balance qi. The practice involves rhythmic movement, focused breathing, and concentrated awareness. Qigong is a safe and gentle meditative exercise that promotes healing of the mind and body.




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