Chinese massage and bodywork New York CityTuina In many conditions, especially sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions, tuina, or Chinese medical massage, is an essential component to treatment. Not only can tuina relax muscle tissue and realign bone, it can help to promote qi, blood, and fluid circulation, reduce swelling and relieve muscle spasms. In doing so, tuina helps diminish pain and speed up recovery. At Five Seasons Healing, Sharon is trained in both Zhenggu Tuina and pediatric massage. When appropriate, tuina is incorporated into the regular acupuncture treatment.

Moxibustion is a heat therapy in which the blood nourishing herb, ai ye or mugwort, is burned near or on the body. Moxibustion can be an invaluable tool to help warm areas in order to promote movement and to clear away stagnation of qi, blood and fluids. Moxibustion promotes greater physiological functioning and eases pain. This technique is used in conjunction with acupuncture when appropriate.

Cupping is a dispersive therapy where glass cups suction to areas of the body to disperse accumulations of blood, qi, and heat or loosen up phlegm in the lungs. This technique is often used in conjunction with acupuncture.

Guasha is the gentle rubbing of the smooth edge of a porcelain spoon or other instrument against the skin. Guasha literally translates to “bring up sand”. Sand refers to the micro-congestion of the superficial blood vessels that appears and is released on the skin’s surface after the technique is performed. This technique breaks up blockages and impurities in the superficial blood vessels, restores proper blood circulation, and clears away heat and inflammation. Guasha can offer great relief to tense and contracted soft tissue.