Based on your diagnosis, any of these adjunctive techniques
may be used at your first appointment.
This practice involves burning mugwort close to the skin to warm up cold and/or stagnation in the channels. This is great for pain associated with menstruation or PMS, arthritis, digestive issues, sleep, and more. It is very safe, feels great, and is commonly used in conjunction with acupuncture.
This practice is sometimes referring to as "coining" or "spooning." It is a great tool for moving blood stagnation that is the cause of tightness and/or pain. Gua Sha produces a petechiae appearance on the skin, earning it the name "scraping sand." The skin may get quite red during Gua Sha, but the darker the "bruising" on the skin, the deeper the concentration of blood stagnation in that area, and therefore the greater need for Gua Sha. Gua Sha can be performed in many places on the body, including the calves, quads, arms, and feet, and is commonly done on the neck and back.
Cupping has had a resurgence of popularity thanks to the recent Olympics and, namely, Michael Phelps. Similar to Gua Sha, cupping can help break up stagnation in the meridians that causes pain. Cupping is performed by attaching a cup, by suction, to the skin. This breaks up the capillaries in the area, resulting in what appears to be a perfectly round bruise, though unlike a bruise, it is not painful. The pooling of blood in the area helps to release the underlying muscles and relieve pain. In general, cupping is not a painful technique, but for new patients it may feel unusual, like the skin is being stretched tightly. Cupping can be effective maintenance for pain.
Over time the list of offered techniques will grow and evolve. I'm currently furthering my knowledge in Tui Na, Reiki, and Craniosacral. If there is another holistic technique you are interested in, please inquire, as there may be techniques for which I can refer you to a specialist.