Acupuncture and acupressure techniques

Acupuncture: the insertion of extremely fine needles - finer than the width of a hair - to encourage natural healing and improve functioning. It is a very gentle technique, so patients need not worry about anything other than ‘a sensation of the body responding to a small surge in energy’.  See About Five Element Acupuncture for more information…

Acupressure: the application of pressure to acupuncture points.

Cupping: the application of suction cups to invigorate parts of the body.  Sliding cupping is a great way to relieve tension in tight muscles such as the back, leaving it feeling relaxed while opening up movement and mobility; it increases blood flow to organs and tired muscles; aids recovery after whiplash; helps combat cellulite on targeted areas such as legs and stomach; helps reduce stress and lower blood pressure (see Latest Articles).  Localised cupping helps combat colds and flu in the early stages and is also used for conditions such as asthma. Although painless it sometime leaves a red ‘acupuncture hickey’ for a day or two, as popularised by Gyneth Paltrow (see Latest Articles).  These are visible signs of cupping ‘stagnation being released to the exterior’ and considered a healthy outcome.

Gua Sha: Similar to sliding cupping, except that a smooth, round-edged instrument is used to apply pressure instead.

Latest Articles:

Cupping for Hypertension: a systematic review http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/10641961003667955

Cupping for the stars http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2185212/Is-AnnaLynne-McCord-latest-star-fan-cupping-Actress-spotted-large-tell-tale-brown-marks-back.html