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Moxibustion involves the heating of acupuncture points with smoldering mugwort herb (known as moxa). Moxibustion stimulates circulation, counteracts cold and dampness in the body, and promotes the smooth flow of blood and qi. This safe, non-invasive technique may be used alone, but it is generally used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment. It is most famously know for it's ability to treat pain and to encourage breech babies to turn.

Tui Na

Tui na means "pushing grasping," and is a powerful form of Chinese medical bodywork. Based on the same Oriental medical principles as acupuncture, tui na seeks to improve the flow of qi through the meridian channels. Tui na is particularly effective for conditions involving muscles, tendons and joints, such as structural misalignment, orthopedic problems and sports injuries. It can also be used to treat internal diseases.


Cupping is an ancient technique, used in many cultures, in which a special cup is applied to the skin and held in place by suction. The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup, which may either be left in place or moved along the body. Cupping brings fresh blood to the area and helps improve circulation. Traditional cupping, sometimes referred to as “fire cupping," uses heat to create a vacuum-like suction inside of glass cups. In modern times, cups that use a small pump to create suction have also been introduced.

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is another Traditional Chinese Medical technique that improves circulation in the body. Clinical research suggests Gua Sha can increase surface microcirculation and has immune supporting and anti-inflammatory effects. Gua sha is also known as scraping or Graston technique. With Gua Sha Dr. Sonja will use a round edged spoon or massage tool to apply pressure to the effected area. Gua Sha is used clinically to treat many musculoskeletal disorders such as back or neck pain and stiffness, but can also be applied to treat a variety of internal disorders such as upper respiratory infections and digestive problems. Many patients report the pressure feeling like a massage.  

Gua Sha for shoulder pain

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