We are excited to offer our new enhancement for you to try, Cupping. You have probably heard about Cupping because of the famous Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.
WHAT IS CUPPING?
Cupping is known for its ability to break up localized stagnation.
Cupping is reputed to:
-Drain excess fluids and toxins
-Lift connective tissue
-Enhance circulation in stagnant musculature and fascia
-Stimulate the peripheral nervous system
HOW DOES IT WORK?
In terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, the stagnation can be of just about any type: blood, toxins, qi, or dampness. The suction created by cupping draws stagnant toxins, heat, energy, or fluid out of where it has accumulated and brings it to the body’s surface. Once under the skin, the offending culprit can more easily be eliminated via the body’s waste removal systems.
Blood Stagnation –Injuries, adhesions, menstrual irregularities
Stagnant Toxins –Gastrointestinal disorders, rigid muscles, breast inflammation
Qi Stagnation–Muscular pain, dysmenorrhea, pinched nerves
Fluid Stagnation–Lung congestion, asthma, lactation dysfunction
Once an adhesion or congestion is pulled away from its source, fresh blood, energy, and fluids rush in to expedite healing. This dramatic increase in circulation makes cupping a valuable complement to your bodywork session.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM CUPPING? ANYONE WHO IS SUFFERING FROM THE FOLLOWING CONDIDTIONS Back pain Trigger points Musculoskeletal pain Headaches Respiratory disorders, such as colds, flu, and asthma Constipation and diarrhea Arthritic conditions Insomnia Edema Adhesions
TYPES OF CUPPING WE PERFORM Suction Pump Method – Usually composed of plastic, these cupping sets allow the practitioner to use a pump to remove oxygen from the cup, thus creating suction. Stationary Cupping – This is when a cup is applied to a specific, congested location and left there for up to 15 minutes. Running Cupping – This is when plenty of massage oil is applied to a broad area, a cup adheres to the body, and then moved around without breaking the seal. Massage therapists can mimic several types of massage strokes by working with this technique.
DISCOLORATION MARKS 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. The vacuum formed by Cupping draws up the old non-circulating stagnant blood and sticky fluids from the area, bringing them up to the surface and away from the injury so that healthy free circulation can be restored to the affected area, thus creating space for oxygen, living cells and nutrients for faster recovery. 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 disease has been moved from the deeper tissue layers to the surface. If the person receiving treatment sweats a lot on a daily basis - no marks may ever occur. People who live/work/play in toxic environments (or were exposed to a heavy dose of toxic material) may consistently mark. If you are concerned about discolorations on your body – then suction cup therapy is not for you.