Cupping therapy is a technique that uses glass or plastic suction cups to create negative pressure rather than tissue compression (used in traditional massage). The massage therapist places the cup(s) on the back of the client and uses a suction pump to create the negative pressure which then draws the tissue up inside the cup. The cups are then left in place for 5-15 minutes, or can be slowly moved around the area being treated. The action of this technique is used to release rigid soft tissue, break up lactic acid in the muscles, drain excess fluids and toxins, loose adhesion, lift connective tissue, and bring increased blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles. Cupping therapy is used for chronic deep muscle pains, injuries of all types, bad posture, digestive issues, fibromyalgia , asthma and pneumonia, cellulite, and high blood pressure.
The most common and unfortunate misconception concerning cupping therapy is the discoloration left on the skin. The discoloration is created by the negative pressure bringing toxins and lactic acid to the surface of the tissue. These discolorations are NOT bruises. The discoloration usually lasts 5-10 days depending on the toxicity of the body.
One of the oldest and most globally practiced medical treatment in human history is cupping therapy. The indigenous tribes in Africa, Asia, Pacific Islands, and America were among the first to use cupping therapy. The first cups ever used were animal horns, usually American bison or water buffalo. The horn was placed on the treatment site of the body and the air was sucked out of the opposite end of the horn. The resulting vacuum created drained toxins. They were used for removing snakebite venom, relieving infections and skin lesions, and for removing the blood, pus, and poisons from the body.
These sessions use a combination of deep tissue techniques integrated with cupping therapy.
All cupping therapy treatments are customized to your needs. If you are not sure of the appropriate treatment, we are happy to consult with you.
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