Cupping: Cups are suctioned onto the body and left for a period of time. This technique is used to target the tissue underneath the skin and stimulate the release of tension to promote healing and relaxation. Cupping is wonderful to use for acute and specific areas of pain or tension in the body.
Moxibustion is a heat therapy where moxa (sticks made of medicinal plant material) are burned on or near the surface of the skin. This is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi (energy) in the body. Practitioners hold a burning moxa stick close to, but not touching the surface of the skin. It has been used to prevent and cure diseases.
Guasha: Guasha is the practice of using a tool to apply pressure and scrape the skin to relieve pain, excess heat and tension. This method may leave temporary discoloration in the areas treated. Much like cupping, the skins reaction to the scraping is very telling and can communicate to both the practicioner and receiver where in the physical body needs the most attention and how much release / healing has in turn occurred.