CUPPING THERAPY
REIKI

An ancient technique, common to many medical traditions and, more recently, brought to public attention by several celebrities, cupping is a method of relieving local congestion by applying a partial vacuum created in a cup by fire or suction. The technique is used mainly to treat musculoskeletal conditions, although is also effective in relieving pain and stagnation due to other causes, as well as early-stage acute respiratory infections. Cups can be either ‘static’ or ‘sliding’ and gives the effect of a deep massage. The sensation produced during cupping is probably best described as 'pulling'. The strength of the treatment is adjusted to suit the individual.  Cupping frequently results in red/purple marking of the area being treated. This is not painful and is seen as a positive sign of release of 'stagnation', and normally disappears within 3 or 4 days.

 

Cupping can be performed as a treatment in it’s own right, or alongside acupuncture.

GUA SHA

 

Gua Sha is a healing technique used throughout Asia. 'Gua' means to rub or friction and 'Sha' describes the appearance of the skin when friction is applied. The area to be treated is lubricated with oil. The skin is then rubbed with a flat round-edged tool in downward strokes. This produces a local reddening of the skin. The colour and fading time are both diagnostic and prognostic indicators.

 

Gua Sha may be used for treating pain and is commonly used in treating chronic musculoskeletal conditions. The benefit comes from the promotion of normal circulation to the  area. This enhances the healthy flow of nutrients, and removal of metabolic wastes from the tissues, thus promoting local healing. It is common to experience immediate relief from pain and stiffness and increased mobility.

Gua Sha can also be used in facial treatments to reduce oedema andenhance the appearance of the skin

'Reiki' is a Japanese word meaning 'universal life energy'', the energy found in all things. In Chinese Medicine, this is known as 'Qi', and in the Ayurvedic and Yogic traditions, as 'Prana'.

If a person's energy is blocked or deficient, they may experience this as stress, pain, illness or diminished function. Reiki can help to restore balance to the energetic system, thus promoting healing on many levels.

Reiki energy is applied either directly through touch, or by intention, in distant healing.

In a hands-on treatment, the client lies, fully clothed and covered with a blanket, whilst the practitioner gently places her hands on various positions on the body. Reiki flows through the practitioner into the person receiving the treatment. This flow may be felt as sensations of heat, cold, vibration, tingling, slight heaviness, or sometimes no sensation at all.

A Reiki treatment supports the whole person — physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. It is deeply relaxing and most clients report immediate feelings of peace and wellbeing.

A full Reiki treatment takes 60 minutes.

INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE

Based on the traditional form of 'Champi' (head massage) practised in India, this treatment, known as 'Champissage' was developed by Narendra Metha following extensive research. The treatment involves massage of the scalp, face, ears, neck, shoulders and upper arms using a range of techniques which release tension, enhance circulation of blood and lymph and rebalance the higher energy centres.

A session lasts half an hour and leaves you feeling wonderfully relaxed, refreshed and balanced.

Indian Head massage provides effective relief from headaches, neck and shoulder stiffness and pain, stress, anxiety and insomnia. In addition, it can help improve the condition of the scalp and hair by increasing blood flow to the area.

Treatment is normally carried out without oil and with the client fully clothed and seated comfortably.

2020 Ruth Reffell

Ruth Reffell RN,BSc(Hons), Lic.Ac,

MBAcC,PGDipCHM,MRCHM.