Moxa or more properly termed Moxibustion is an ancient technique using dried and sifted Mugwort to aid in the healing process. It is one of my favorite tools in Chinese Medicine. Moxa is very healing and versatile. It often comes packed in a cigar like paper tube called the Moxa stick. One the Moxa is lit, it is gently placed about an inch over the skin and produces a wonderful warming effect. The procedure is often done as the patient relaxes on the treatment table and typically lasts 10 to 20 minutes. Here are some popular reasons to include Moxa in your treatments: Warms the skin, and deeper into the.
Fire Cupping is a very popular practice that has been around for over 3,000 years. It has recently been embraced by the Western world and is now being offered at some of the most posh spas in Hollywood. Below is the famous picture of Gwyneth Paltrow with cupping marks on her back. Cupping is the use of suction cups that get placed on the patient’s back, shoulder and even the front of the body or legs. The air is vacuumed out of the cup thus allowing the cup to “suck” in the skin underneath. The cup is usually kept on for a period of 5 to 20 minutes. Here are.
Reiki is an ancient Japanese Energy Healing technique. It is not part of Chinese Medicine, however, I absolutely love it! It’s a huge addition and benefit to your healing, and it is completely painless. Sometimes Reiki is done at a distance, where the practitioner simply holds their hands over the patient and sends healing energy to the patient. Reiki can also be done by gently placing hands on the affected part of the body and sending healing to the painful area or the energy centers of the body known as Chakras. Reiki should only be received from people who are certified to perform this technique. Elena is certified in Reiki.
Gua Sha translates to “scraping” technique, and it sounds much scarier than it actually is! This technique is ancient and it works wonders for sore, tight muscles, especially whiplash or frozen shoulder. Gua Sha is done by applying massage oil or Chinese Medicine liniments to the neck, back or limbs of the body and gently gliding down from top to bottom using a Chinese ceramic soup spoon. By gently gliding the spoon along the surface of the skin in a repetitive manner what ends up coming up to surface under the skin is called Sha. For lack of a better description it looks like a hickey. It is not a.