Cupping

Stationary Cupping near the spine.

WHAT IS MASSAGE CUPPING?

This is one of my favorite modalities to both give and receive. Massage cupping is a remarkable therapy employs negative pressure, rather than tissue compression, for superior results in the wide array of bodywork techniques.  Suction cup therapy is a traditional, time-honored treatment that remains favored by millions of people worldwide. It is safe, comfortable and remarkably effective for many health disorders.  The value and efficacy of this therapy has been documented through several thousand years of historical, clinical and subjective research.  Now, because of the influence and growing popularity of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda and other influential healing methodologies. Consequently, Cupping has reemerged in the Western Holistic Community as a subtle, remarkably effective healing therapy. So, I feel it is a great addition to massage!

     I find by creating suction and negative pressure, this therapy releases rigid soft tissue, drains excess fluids and toxins, loosens adhesions, and lifts connective tissue. It also brings blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles.  Myofascial release is a direct and correct application that addresses a myriad of debilitating and stubborn conditions.   Restructuring of the myofascial bands are possible with cumulative treatments, and there is no form of lymphatic stimulation and drainage that I have found that even approached the efficacy and speed that suction can achieve.

Lymphatic Drainage Using Massage Cupping (Negative Pressure)

     The Lymphatic System is commonly known as the waste system of the body. And so it is through this system that toxic substances move out of the body through the blood stream.  There is no pump, such as the heart, to move lymph fluid through our body.  It is dependent on muscle contraction and movements over our skin. I have found that cupping is very effective in moving lymph.

How would Cupping benefit you?

-scar tissue treatment including post-cosmetic surgery and oral surgery

-rheumatic illnesses (lupus)

-tendonitis

-sinus infections

-arthritis

Myofascial Release Using Cupping

I have found Cupping can relieve such things as:

-chronic pain

-Low back pain

-neck and shoulder pain and tension

-headaches

-jaw discomfort (TJMD)

-sciatic pain (piriformis syndrome)

-carpal tunnel syndrome

-thoracic outlet syndrome

-tennis and golfers elbow

-trigger point pain

-Plantar faciitis

-frozen shoulder

-post surgical and injury scarring

 Anyone who has bought skinless chicken had encountered fascia, that cellophane type wrapping around the meat.  Fascia surrounds, suspends, infuses and protects every other tissue, tendon, muscle, bone, ligament, blood vessel and organ of the body-down to the the cellular level. You can understand that in healthy conditions the fascial system is relaxed and the tissues can move freely, without restriction or pain.

    Sometimes there are adhesions caused by tissue damage from trauma, such as injuries, overuse, post-surgical scarring or chronic use. Things such as teeth grinding or clenching, certain repetitive motions in sports or posture.  I have noticed that mobilization of the involved tissues and structures using specific cupping techniques have the potential to reverse these adverse effects. 

Cupping to Detox

 Cupping has been used for its detoxifying effects for centuries.  The muscles in the back lend themselves to storing much of the wastes accumulated in the body.  Because of the action of negative pressure draws the stagnant blood and toxins to the surface, it can more readily be removed from the body.  It’s those accumulated wastes that create the circular markings.  They are not bruises and do not hurt.  The longer the cups are left stationary on the tissue, the more toxins are released.  So, people who are quitting smoking or weaning themselves off prescription drugs or wanting to clean the blood utilize this type of cupping. I use this type of stationary cupping while you are receiving the rest of your massage.

Cupping for Trigger Point (knots) Release

    I have found that Negative Pressure Cupping is very effective in releasing or softening Trigger Points.  I usually pair it with first Deep Tissue and Trigger Point Therapy, then stationary cupping for 3-15 minutes, while I work on another part of the body.  (You get double duty!) Then finish off with some dynamic cupping which feels really nice, because I find that this protocol really makes those knots just melt away!

Dynamic Cupping to support your workout

I have used stationary, dynamic, pin & stretch type cupping can help things like achilles pain, calf strain, piriformis syndrome, hip flexor strain, tendonitis, tennis elbow/ golfers elbow, frozen elbow. Also, there is a myriad of other issues that Cupping can help unlock tight muscles and tendons and help increase your performance. I believe Cupping is very effective, and so do a lot of athletes!

I would love to talk to you more about cupping. You can contact me here.

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