A Teishin is a small metal healing instrument. It might look like a needle, but it is much larger and has a smooth, rounded tip that does not go through the skin. Teishin therapy can be considered an advanced form of acupressure because it applies a more exact stimulation of acupuncture points than would be achievable with simple pressure. It is a wonderful option for children or those uncomfortable with needles.
Electromagnetic signals regulate most biological functions and act as a link between the physical and energy fields in the body. Magnets are used to promote the healthy flow of the electromagnetic field. This is especially useful when it comes to treating acute pain. Injured tissue creates a “positive” current, leading to inflammation and heat. The use of “negative” polarity magnets draws out the excess “positive” charges, which restores the balanced electromagnetic field of the muscles. This reduces the inflammation and heat, as well as accelerating the healing process. When it comes to chronic pain, the magnets work to not only address the immediate symptoms, but also correct the general energy flow.
Moxa therapy consists of burning dried mugwort near or directly on the skin, as well as on needles. It is used to warm regions of the body and acupuncture points with the intention of encouraging circulation and promoting better flow of blood and qi.
Cupping involves the use of glass cups and suction to manipulate the muscles on a vertical plane, rather than just the horizontal plane achieved with traditional massage. This encourages increased blood circulation and detoxification leading to reduced inflammation and muscle tension. Cupping is not painful. Most patients report feeling pressure, suction, and pain relief. It should be noted that cupping can leave painless, bruise-like marks for a few days to a week.
Our qi can become blocked, causing pain or tension in the muscles and joints. Gua sha (pronounced gwah-shah) is the practice of using a smooth tool made of stone, such as jade, to apply gentle pressure and lightly scrape the skin. This moves blocked energy to relieve aches and stiffness. Like cupping, Gua sha may cause light bruising for up to a week.