Known in ancient times as the "horn method" because the original cups were in fact hollowed out animal horns, this therapeutic method was common among the masses and has made a comeback in recent years. Traditional uses include treating upper respiratory ailments such as cough and asthma and drawing out toxins (such as draining a boil).Today cupping is more commonly used for myofascial release (loosening tight muscles) and pain relief for overworked or strained muscles.
Treatment time at Tao & Zen is a time to unplug and reconnect with oneself. Often other medical professionals do not address the patient's mental/emotional stressors as part of the their conditions. We try to help the patient recognize how mind-body-spirit cannot be separated and teach stress management techniques in the form of simple meditative exercises.