massage cupping

What is Cupping and how can it benefit me?

 This 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 because it’s 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, with the influence and growing popularity of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda and other influential healing methodologies – Cupping has reemerged in the Western Holistic Community as a subtle, remarkably effective healing therapy.

     By creating suction and negative pressure, this therapy releases rigid soft tissue, drains excess fluids and toxins, loosens adhesions, lifts connective tissue, and brings blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles.  Myofascial release is direct and correct application 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.

Motion Cupping with Silicone Cups

Lymphatic Drainage Using Massage Cupping (Negative Pressure)

     The Lymphatic System is commonly known as the waste system of the body.  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 such as cupping.

How would this benefit you?  This is good for:

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

-rheumatic illnesses (lupus)

-tendonitis

-sinus infections

-arthritis

Myofascial Release Using Cupping

Can relieve:

-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 has 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 cellular level.  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, such as teeth grinding or clenching, certain repetitive motions in sports or posture.  It has been 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 skin, the more toxins are released.  People who are quitting smoking or weaning themselves off prescription drugs or wanting to clean the blood utilize this type of cupping. This type of stationary cupping can be done 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 3-10 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.  I find that this protocol really makes those knots just melt away!

Dynamic Cupping to support your Workout

Stationary, dynamic, pin & stretch type cupping can help achilles pain, calf strain, piriformis syndrome, hip flexor strain, tendonitis, tennis elbow/ golfers elbow, frozen elbow and a myriad of other issues that help unlock tight muscles and tendons and help increase your performance.

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