The Art of Massage Cupping Therapy
Cupping is an ancient practice dating at least 3000 years back and is now being “rediscovered” and used at a quickly increasing rate by health practitioners. The suction created by cupping is used to soften tight muscles and tone attachments, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, bring hydration and blood flow to body tissues, and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways. Massage cupping is versatile and can easily be modified to accomplish a range of techniques, from lymphatic drainage to deep tissue release. This complements many health modalities ranging from spa treatments to medical massage.
How is Massage Cupping therapy accomplished? The cup is positioned over the area of the body to be treated and suction is created using a vacuum machine. The suction level can range from light to heavy, and the movements performed by the therapist can be stimulating or sedating. Before applying the cup, the therapist will apply oil or lotion to facilitate smooth movement. Cupping can treat all areas that are typically addressed in massage therapy.
How does Massage Cupping feel? Cupping can feel both very relaxing and therapeutic at times. Most people very much enjoy the warmth and tingle of the process and feeling the tissues separate and open to a more spacious existence. The action on the nervous system is sedating, and people will often descend into a deep state of relaxation. The body comes alive, and new ease of movement can truly be felt.
What are the benefits of Massage Cupping bodywork? Massage Cupping therapy is not an irritant to the skin or body. It draws inflammation out, yet does not add to it. The skin will turn red with strong movements, indicating that circulation has been brought to the surface. Application of liniments, analgesics, plant hydrofoils and essential oil blends immediately after Massage Cupping bodywork will enable absorption of the product deep into the tissue. Increased local blood supply to the muscles and skin will bring nourishment and allow for toxins to be carried away via the veins. Conditions of chronic and acute pain can be relieved with minimal discomfort and tense muscles softened quickly and easily.
Why should I request Massage Cupping bodywork? Relieve pain and inflammation from injury or chronic conditions. • Relieve deep muscular issues and reduce muscle spasms. • Release and soften scar tissue and loosen post-surgery adhesions. • Lift and stretch soft tissue to separate fascia and restrictions. • Increase range of movement and flexibility in joints. • Promote healthy circulation and open the energy flow of the body. • Move stagnation and enable normal lymphatic flow. • Enhance any athletic training program to improve performance. • Reduce “Solid Bloat”.
What is the discoloration that occurs after some treatments? Massage Cupping therapy sometimes produces this discoloration, called a “cup kiss” or “doo-hickey.” If this appears during the treatment, it’s just an added bonus indicating the release of intense stagnation (body fluids and toxins) in the area. This is not a bruise and will dissipate anywhere between a few hours and a few days. If they re-occur in the same area over multiple treatments, it will be less and less colored each time and doesn’t hurt to the touch.
Is Massage Cupping therapy safe? This technique is used safely on children, adults, and elderly persons. The most common misuse of Massage Cupping therapy is overuse. After a cupping treatment it is important to avoid exposure to excessive heat or cold, and sufficient hydration is required to facilitate elimination. A complete assessment of specific conditions at the time of treatment must be taken into consideration by the practitioner.
Conditions that respond to massage cupping therapy
Asthma and Pneumonia
Athletic Stress and Injury
High / Low Blood Pressure
Insomnia and Anxiety
Lung Inflammation and Congestion
Pre and Post Operative Conditions
Scars and Adhesions
Sluggish Colon and IBS
Spider Veins and Varicosities
Stagnant Lymph and Edema