Cupping & Acupuncture
Cupping is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that uses small “cups” and heat on the body to focus blood flow in an area. Focused blood flow helps your body by flushing built-up toxins through the lymphatic system. Cupping is a deep tissue massage, much like Gua Sha, but works deeper in your muscles and fascia.
After a session using cupping, you may have circular marks on your skin from the cups. These marks will go away within 24-48 hours. Post treatment is the same as Gua Sha.
Acupuncture is a complementary medical practice that has been used for centuries to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, emotional and mental conditions. It stimulates precise points on the body with a very fine needle, which is manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation.
Acupuncture needles are solid (not hollow) and extremely fine — much thinner and smaller than those used for vaccinations. Your acupuncturist will quickly and gently tap the needle into your skin, which typically gives a small “pricking” sensation that is not painful. You may feel a rush of warmth to the areas being treated, or a calming feeling of heaviness.
Electroacupuncture / E-Stim
Electroacupuncture is used to amplify the effects of acupuncture. Tiny electrodes are attached to the fine acupuncture needles and a small current is run between two needles. You may feel a slight tingling sensation, or nothing at all. Electroacupuncture stimulates the body’s natural pain killers, reducing inflammation and the "stress hormone," cortisol. It is now recommended by the VA as an alternative to opioids.
Auricular Acupuncture / Ear Acupuncture
Ear acupuncture is the stimulation of acupuncture points on the outer ear. It is used to treat stress, depression, headaches, allergies, addictions and pain. Treatments can be given while you are still fully clothed and sitting in the office.
Moxibustion uses the heat generated by burning dried Chinese mugwort leaves. This has a pleasantly invigorating effect on the body, and is especially useful in conditions of extreme fatigue or deep cold within the body. Moxibustion can be added to your acupuncture treatment when deemed appropriate.
Community Acupuncture is a group setting acupuncture appointment. Up to four people at a time receive acupuncture treatments in a quiet, comfortable room. Your acupuncturist fully respects your privacy and consults with you quietly. You remain fully clothed for the treatment. During community acupuncture, needles are generally placed in points on arms, hands, legs, and ears.
Community Acupuncture was born in Portland, Oregon as a response to the high cost of private treatments and modeled after the clinical style used in China and student acupuncture clinics across the USA. This approach is about more than making acupuncture affordable for more people—studies show that people can actually heal more quickly in groups.
What to Wear
Please wear (or bring) comfortable, loose-fitting clothes. Your acupuncturist may ask you to remove your socks, roll up your sleeves to your elbows, or roll your pants up to your knees.
(pronounced “gwah shah”)
Gua sha is a common practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that is used to get blood moving again so your body can recover from injuries and overuse. Massage oil or lotion is applied to the skin of the area to be treated. A smooth-edged instrument is used by the therapist to apply short or long strokes on the skin, typically in the area of pain or on the back parallel to the spine. This stroking motion creates raised redness or bruise-like marks (but not bruises) as the blood is restored to the painful area. The change in color indicates how much of a problem you have in the area, and usually fades within 2-4 days.
After receiving Gua Sha, it is important to stay dry and warm, without cold air blowing on you.
(Avoid showering for 12 hours).
Gua Sha is a service provided only as needed, and is recommended at the discretion of your therapist. It is offered only as an add-on service to a massage or Chinese Medicine appointment, and not offered as a separate or standalone service. For this reason, it is not made available on our schedule.