Cupping and Gua Sha are closely related and highly effective methods of the Oriental Medicine Practitioner. These techniques are very powerful deep tissue and remedial techniques that may leave your skin with marks, which will heal, and leave you feeling great.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Cupping has been a part of Chinese Medicine for over 2,500 years. It relieves aches and pains, improves circulation, and also helps with respiratory and digestive issues. I simply place a specialized “cup” onto specific points on your body, and then use suction to draw your skin up into the cups. It doesn’t hurt — it simply draws fresh blood to that area of your body, which facilitates the cleansing and strengthening of your Qi (energy). The end result is a greater overall sense of health and well-being.
Gua Sha is an ancient healing technique used by Chinese Medicine Practitioners for thousands of years and yet it is relatively unknown in the West. It is recognized throughout Asia as a highly effective treatment for chronic pain conditions, stress, fatigue, and a host of other ailments.
First, Gua Sha oil is applied to a specific meridian (energy pathway) on your body. I then use a smooth round-edged object (such as a spoon) to apply short brisk strokes to that area. This creates red patches of skin (called “Sha”), detoxifying your blood and restoring the healthy flow if Qi (energy) to the area. There is no pain involved, and the Sha will fade in 2 to 3 days. But the sense of health and vitality you experience from it will last much longer.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners
Toni Bennalley, MSAc, MSOM, LAc, has been working in the healthcare field since 1991. She was a Senior Certified Pharmacy Technician with Walgreens for 15 years, while she was attending Acupuncture school.
She graduated from the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture (PIHMA) in 2001 where she served as Student Body President for 3 of her 4 years in school.
Donna is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. She graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, NM in 2009 with a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine. There she was trained as a primary health care practitioner in Oriental Medicine. She is nationally board certified as a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Her specialties include pain management, musculoskeletal disorders and stress management.
Candace Jordan is a graduate of PCOM's Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. This degree was over 3500 hours. The course material included Chinese Herbs, Eastern and Western Nutrition, Orthopedics, Japanese Meridian therapy, Fertility, Cupping, Gua Sha, and TCM acupuncture.
Hop is a licensed acupuncturist who believes that in order to achieve optimal health and wellness, the body must be in balance physically, mentally, and emotionally. She is trained in Traditional Chinese and Japanese style acupuncture, with special interests in mental health, pain management, fertility, women’s and men’s health, aesthetic, and GI complaints.
Suzana currently is on faculty the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture teaching western sciences, while providing private practice in acupuncture since graduating from PIHMA in 2012.
She received her Diplomate of Acupuncture from NCCAOM in 2012 as well. Suzana is a graduate of the University of Prishtina Medical School in Kosovo and worked as a general practitioner there until moving to the US in 1999.