Integrated Cupping Massage

What is Cupping Therapy?
Cupping therapy is a massage therapy technique  in which suction is produced on the skin in order to stimulate blood flow and promote healing. Its earliest origins date back to records from ancient Egypt and were widely utilized as medical therapy in old Greece and China. In recent studies over the past several years, cupping therapy has been proven to relieve carpal tunnel, back, neck, and knee pain. It is a healing method now popular in spa treatments, medical massage, and physical therapy.

What are the different methods of cupping?
Massage Cupping  (moving cups) incorporates negative pressure (suction of the tissue) instead of tissue compression. This technique performs strong suction of the skin and helps drain excess fluids and toxins, loosens adhesions and lifts connective tissue, and brings blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles.  This would be comparable to skin rolling during a deep tissue massage.

Lymphatic Cupping  
 (light moving cups) involves a minimal amount of skin drawn into the cups only being slightly raised. This method opens the lymphatic vessels and increases flow to help detoxify the body.
Static Cupping (non-moving cups) is a method in which multiple cups at medium to strong suction are left on the skin for 5 to 20 minutes at a time. This is best for localized problems, such as respiratory conditions or congestion.

Flash Cupping  
 is when 8 to 12 cups remain in place for a short amount of time, less than 30 seconds, and are then removed and reapplied in a different location. This treatment works best to stimulate the entire body and release general muscle tension. Flash cupping results in fewer marks on the skin.

Orthopedic Cupping  
 is a combination of all the different cupping techniques along with range of motion exercises. The purpose of this technique is to decrease muscle and joint stiffness, increase blood and lymph activity, and to release adhesions and restricted muscles. It is beneficial in treating chronic pain conditions such as rotator cuff strains, sciatica, knee pain, and more.

What are the benefits to cupping?
– Loosens muscle and joint cramps
– Promotes circulation to the body
– Drains excess fluid and toxins
– Breaks up congestion
– Relaxes body tissues
– Strengthens the immune system
– Relieves stress

Will cupping leave bruises on my skin?
It is important to remember that marks from massage cupping are not bruises but instead stagnant blood and other toxins being released out into the circulatory system. Marks which may result from medium to strong suction cupping is an indication of stagnation or disease moving from the deep tissue layers to the surface of the skin, which allows fresh oxygenated blood to heal the underlying areas. Depending on the level of stagnation in the area, the color and pattern of the marks will range from bright red to dark purple and will usually last from a couple days to a week, sometimes longer if the person has chronic issues or poor circulation. If there is less stagnation, this will typically result in a light pink mark which dissipates within a few minutes to several hours. Less discoloration and fewer marks will appear over the course of follow up cupping treatments as the buildup of toxins get released into the surface of the skin.

Are there any contraindications to cupping?
– For pregnant clients, it is advisable to wait until 2nd trimester
– Clients undergoing cancer treatment
– Clients with kidney/liver diseases, organ failure, broken bones, and cardiomyopathy

Integrated Massage Sessions at Well Within
These 90 minute sessions incorporate cupping therapy within a therapeutic massage.
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