Cupping is a traditional, time-honored treatment remaining favored by millions of people worldwide because it's safe, comfortable and remarkably effective for many health disorders. It's the use of suction, rather than compression for bodywork ranging from myofascia release to lymphatic drainage - and everything in between! Cupping rapidly facilitates rigid soft tissue release, loosens and lifts connective tissues, breaks up and drains stagnation while increasing blood and lymph flow to skin and muscles in ways not possible using compression.
When the cups move, Negative Pressure Massage really feels great. The pulling action engages the parasympathetic nervous system, thus allowing a deep relaxation to move through the entire body. It is not unusual to fall asleep when receiving this treatment. People are often surprised at how relaxed, warm and light they feel - hours... sometimes even days afterwards.
PediCupping is a powerful combination of Biomagnetic Reflexology, Dynamic Cupping and Plantar Fascial Release on the lower leg and foot.
Cupping is an excellent therapy for the belly. It stretches the walls of the organs, thus sloughing off stagnant waste and mucus and overall promotes the activity of digestion.
People consistently report expelling an excess amount of waste shortly following treatments and an increase of eliminations throughout the day.
Cupping is regularly, and with great success, being used to help in conception, handle IBS, constipation, diarrhea, distention and acidity.
Abdominal Cupping can be alone (30-min session $30) or as part of a longer massage cupping session.
The effect of manual therapies are greatly increased with Cupping.
Cupping is beneficial for many conditions including Asthma, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, anxiety, fatigue, headaches, Fibromyalgia and Neuralgia.
Massage Cupping can be combined or used as a supplement to traditional massage sessions.
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The most common misunderstanding regarding one of the most powerful and beneficial after effects of Cupping is the marks that sometimes result. Those unfamiliar to Cupping Therapy believe the marks to be bruises.
Bruising is caused by impact trauma with compressed breakage of capillaries and a reactionary rush of fluids to the damaged location from the tissue injury. There is no compression in correctly performed suction cup therapy. Although it is quite common during Stationary Dry Cupping (left static for 5-20 minutes) to achieve dramatic 'marks' or 'discolorations', the less aggressive action of moving the cups minimizes the intensity and duration of the discolorations.
The vacuum formed by Cupping draws up old non-circulating stagnant blood and sticky fluids, bringing them up to the surface so that healthy free circulation can be restored, thus creating space for oxygen, living cells and nutrients.
Where there is dead, static blood, lymph, cellular debris, pathogenic factors, and toxins present in the body, Cupping can leave marks which indicates that the stagnation or dis-ease has been moved from the deeper tissue layers to the surface.
The color and pattern of the marks depend on the level of stagnation in the area, and range from bright red to dark purple, usually lasting 3 days to a week - sometimes longer if the person is very sick or sedentary. If there is no stagnation present, there will be only a pink marking which disappears in a few minutes to a couple of hours.
Sites where there is old trauma or injury may require multiple Cupping treatments to remove all stagnation.