These two techniques have recently gained more exposure as many massage therapists and physical therapists offer variations on these therapies, and celebrities and olympic athletes have praised their benefits. Cupping involves the application of glass suction cups to large areas such as the back, shoulders, legs, or arms. It improves blood flow to the area, alleviates pain, and can reduce recovery time from injury, or chronic musculoskeletal pain.
Gua Sha is a technique in which a salve, or oil is applied to the skin, and a wide, flat tool is used to apply pressure in a sweeping, and scraping motion across the tissue. It helps to loosen adhesions in the muscles and connective tissue to promote increased circulation. It is most commonly performed on the back, beck, and shoulders.