Within all sessions, there will normally be some Acupuncture. This involves using extremely fine needles within specific points in the body to elicit change. I practive TCM, Five Element and Neoclassical Acupuncture. See my blog here for more information. To give you an idea how fine these needles are, 38 needles could fit into a hypodermic syringe needle.
Often patients will feel a slight warmth, cold or tingle following insertion, sometimes these sensations referring to other parts of the body.
Massage is part of my integrative approach. Generally, it will involve a variety of techniques, including Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Massage, Swedish Massage, Tui Na, and other techniques. Massage is as crucial as Acupuncture, but depending on the patient, condition, etc, less or more of it may be involved.
Cupping has become increasingly popular in the last several years, particularly amongst sportsman and celebrities. Cupping itself dates back to at least 1500BC, if not earlier, in Egypt, the Middle East, China, and even the UK in the past.
It involves creating a vacuum in a cup which will pull the muscle and fascia away from the body. Think of it as the 'reverse' of massage, as rather than pushing it is pulling. It is not painful, but will often leave some discolouration in the area, disappearing after a few days, and is nothing to be concerned about.
Gua Sha has also recently become quite popular, and involves the use of a stone, coin or even jam jar lid (!) to rub the skin. This is often used in muscular-skeletal complaints. This method can leave some discolouration on the skin, which will clear very quickly.
Moxibustion has also been around for centuries probably as long as cupping according to the latest research. Moxa involves the burning of dried mugwort over certain areas of the body, including Acupuncture points.
What makes Moxa useful is that it radiates an intense level of heat, penetrating deeply into the muscle and body.