Bodywork is an overarching term for selection of techniques used to relieve myofascial and musculoskeletal pain. In addition to massage and other neuromuscular techniques, the practitioner may use Cupping and Gua sha to try reduce tension and pain.
Cupping is an age-old technique used in traditional Chinese medicine to stimulate acupuncture points or larger areas of the body. This technique involves placing glass cups on the skin and creating a vacuum, which raises the underlying tissue partway into the cup. The purpose of cupping is to relax muscles, stimulate blood flow to the affected area and reduce inflammation. The cups may be held on for varying lengths of time or they may be moved around fleshy areas of the body where there may be tension or tightness.
Gua Sha is a technique, where practitioner uses round-edged instrument to press-stroke on fascia and connective tissues until the petechiae are raised.
In addition to resolving musculo skeletal pain, Gua Sha is used to treat as well as prevent common cold, flu, bronchitis, asthma, as well as any chronic disorder involving pain or inflammation.