Acupuncture | Cupping | Gua Sha
Our resident AcuPunk is back on Monday Jan 9th & Tuesday Jan 10th. Jenn Redding, owner of AcuFX has been treating our members our of our therapy room at CFI since the spring.
Jenn was one of the first people I (Jen) texted after I dislocated my shoulder last spring. After getting home from the hospital the first couple things I did were call and book an appointment at Stonetree Naturopathic Clinic for a IV Vitamin drip to kickstart the healing of my shoulder, and text Jenn to see if she could come in to CFI to treat my shoulder. I believe that these two steps were vital in my shoulders recovery.
We hear a lot of people talking about nagging aches and pains, sore stiff muscles, etc. Don’t live with the aches and pains and expect they’ll just go away, you have to do something about it. Whether that’s hitting the mobility class on Sunday mornings at 9am, or doing extra mobility yourself, both are great. But I would suggest giving Jenn a try, don’t be scared of the idea of needles, they’re very thin needles, most of the time you don’t even feel them!
Jenn offers 3 types of treatment. Acupuncture | Cupping | Gua Sha.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a family of procedures involving the stimulation of specific points on the body. The acupuncture technique that has been most often studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metal needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation. Practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the key components of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
What is Cupping?
Cupping is a technique used in conjunction with acupuncture or dry needling. Cupping pulls blood to a region to stimulate healing. It is effective at stretching tight fascia and muscles. Cupping helps the tissue develop new blood flow and causes anti-inflammatory chemicals in the body.
What is Gua Sha?
Gua sha involves repeated pressured strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth edge. Skin is typically lubricated with massage oil and is scrapped traditionally with a Chinese soup spoon, or a well worn coin, or even honed animal bones, water buffalo horn, or jade. A simple metal cap with a rounded edge is commonly used today. Gua Sha releases unhealthy elements from injured areas and stimulates blood flow and healing
The smooth edge is placed against the oiled skin surface, pressed down firmly, and then moved down the muscle or along the pathway of the acupuncture meridians along the surface of the skin, with each stroke being about 4–6 inches long.
This brings blood from the peripheral capillaries to the surface and may result in sub-cutaneous markings (red-ish lines on the body), which usually takes about 2–4 days to fade away depending on your activity level.
Please speak with Steph or Jen. Jenn Redding is available for appointments every two weeks on Monday’s and Tuesday’s at CFI. You can find out on our monthly chalkboard inside the door at CFI. It will say ACUFX on the day’s she’s in town.
Don’t live with the nagging aches and pains. You spend a time in the gym training hard to be healthy and fit. Make sure you’re spending time on your recovery as well.
Saturday January 7th 2017
Partner WOD – 9am
Heavy “Strongman” – 10am