Within all sessions, there will normally be some Acupuncture. This involves using extremely fine needles within specific points in the body to elicit change. To give you an idea how fine these needles are, 38 needles could fit into a hypodermic syringe needle, which is quite a few!
Often patients will feel a slight warmth, cold or tingle following insertion, sometimes these sensations referring to other parts of the body. People often comment on how relaxing Acupuncture feels, much to their surprise!
Cupping has become increasingly popular in the last several years, particularly amongst sportsman and celebrities. Cupping itself dates back to at least 1500BC, if not earlier.
It involves creating a vacuum in a cup which will pull the muscle and fascia away from the body. Think of it as the 'reverse' of massage, as rather than pushing it is pulling. It is not painful, but will often leave some discolouration in the area, disappearing after a few days, and is nothing to be concerned about.
Moxibustion has also been around for centuries probably as long as cupping according to the latest research. Moxa involves the burning of dried mugwort over certain areas of the body, including Acupuncture points.
What makes Moxa useful is that it radiates an intense level of heat, penetrating deeply into the muscle and body.
Gua Sha has also recently become quite popular, and involves the use of a stone, coin or even jam jar lid (!) to rub the skin. This is often used in muscular-skeletal complaints. This method can leave some discolouration on the skin, which will clear very quickly.