Cupping and Gua Sha are both ancient Chinese medicine techniques.  Cupping involves creating a vacuum in glass or plastic cups, either by using a flame to burn out the oxygen inside or using a suction pump.  Gua Sha is a scraping massage that uses a special tool made of horn or jade.



Both cupping and Gua Sha may be combined with acupuncture in one treatment, or may be used alone. The vacuum created  by cupping may help loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite. For weight loss and cellulite treatments, oil is first applied to the skin, and then the cups are moved up and down the surrounding area - 'gliding cupping.'  Gua Sha is also helpful for easing tight muscles and involves light scraping over the problem area.

The marks, or Sha, that cupping and Gua Sha may cause vary from light in colour to a deep red.  These marks are a normal result of the treatments and will fade in a few days.

Cupping & Gua Sha are also popular beauty treatments.  Ruth offers bespoke Facial Gua Sha or Facial Acupuncture & Gua Sha cosmetic treatments as well as her Anit-Cellulite Acupuncture-Cupping Programme.