• Cupping and Scraping

  • Cupping 

    30 mins, $40

    Cupping & Scraping 

    30 mins, $50

    Scraping only 

    30 mins, $60

    Cupping and scraping techniques are two different but related techniques which are employed to purge the body of toxins and promote the flow of vital energy, Qi. In the caring and calm environment of Fairwater Health and Wellness, both treatments make for an enjoyable experience either by themselves, or in conjunction with other therapies the clinic provides.

    Cupping

    Cupping uses small specialised ‘cups’ made of glass or high grade plastic and a method of creating a vacuum (variable) within the cup while it sits on the skin over meridian channel points. Varying strengths of vacuum are created within the cups - controlled by the practitioner - which cause the drawing up and elevation of the skin away from its normal resting position. The suction increases blood flow to the designated area, which in turn encourages the release of toxins and moves blocked Qi.

    The therapeutic benefits include the promotion of blood circulation, the easing of menstrual and digestive problems, and the alleviation of aches and pains. It relaxes muscles and feels nice because it warms the area. Treatment with cups can be used for muscle tightness and sports injuries, sciatica, arthritis, abdominal pain, menstrual cramps, respiratory decongestion, hemiplegia after a stroke and more. Cup use will create painless red markings on the skin which disappear naturally over a few days. This consideration is important for cosmetic and social implications, so it is wise to plan ahead.

    Scraping

    The technique of scraping is more uncomfortable than cupping, but also more exhilarating, and the marks left are usually a bit longer-lasting. Massage oil is applied and then a smooth edge – traditionally that of a honed animal bone or ceramic spoon – is used to apply pressured strokes to the skin along the pathways of the acupuncture meridians, often along the bladder meridian. The resulting blemishes range from dark blue-black to a light pink, and fade after about a week. Like with cupping, consideration about cosmetic and social implications is important. The therapeutic benefits are similar to those of cupping, with the additional advantage of expunging the body of fever and other symptoms of excessive heat.