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Acupressure

Acupressure is similar to acupuncture except that manual pressure instead of needles is applied to the various points. It is similar to a deep tissue massage but with more focus on specific points.

Cupping

Cupping, Acupressure, AcuSound - Amenti Acupuncture for Pain in Alameda, CACupping is an ancient technique, used in many cultures, in which a special cup is applied to the skin and held in place by suction. Traditional cupping, sometimes referred to as “fire cupping," uses a small flame to create a vacuum-like suction inside of glass cups (despite the name, this does not heat the glass or feel hot on the skin). The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup. For most pain syndromes Dr. Amenti performs what is called "moving cupping": she spreads a thin layer of high grade massage oil on the skin first and then moves the cup slowly along the body. Like a reverse massage it gently pulls up and created space within the muscle and connective tissue, bringing fresh blood and lymph to the area to improve circulation. Cupping can be tailored to a comfortable and appropriate level of suction for each individual.  

Acu-Sound Therapy 

Acupuncture points can be stimulated by vibration as well as by needles; for very sensitive patients including children Acu-Sound Therapy is a wonderful option  This uses the vibration of a tuning fork on the points instead of needles. It is extremely gentle and pleasant. It is also used sometimes for deepening the relaxation of a treatment, in addition to traditional acupuncture.