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Massage Cupping

What is Massage Cupping?

An ancient technique that has found its place in the modern world of healing. Massage cupping is based on the common practice of Chinese cupping therapy, and the incredible results that this simple treatment produces have truly impressed those who experience its subtle power.

By creating suction and negative pressure, Massage cupping therapy 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 be modified to accomplish a range of techniques from lymphatic drainage to deep tissue release.

Massage Cupping wakes the body up and makes it feel invigorated, at the same time producing a profound level of healing through the nervous system sedation. It stimulates the skin by increasing circulation while separating fused tissue layers and draining lymph to promote a smooth appearance, and healthy glow. It works deeper by loosening adhesions, facilitating the muscles to operate more independently and stimulating healthy elimination of accumulated debris in the tissues, organs and systems.

History of Cupping

Cupping developed over time from the original use of hollowed animal horns to drain toxins out of snakebites and skin lesions. Horns evolved into bamboo cups, which were eventually replaced by cultures that employed cupping as a health care technique. The true origin of cupping therapy remains in obscurity.

The Chinese expanded the utilization to include use in surgery to divert blood flow from the surgery site. Cupping eventually developed into a separate therapy, treating a variety of conditions. Early written records date back from 28AD and a traditional Chinese saying indicates “acupuncture and cupping, more than half the ills cured.” Chinese medicine observes that cupping dispels stagnation of Blood and Chi, along with external pathogenic factors that invade a weakened constitution. A depleted constitution is often a result of depleted “Jing Chi”, or original essence. This will usually progress to a weakened Wei Chi, or defense (immune system).

The Egyptians produced a text on ancient medicine that discussed the use of cupping for conditions such as fever, pain, vertigo, menstruation imbalances, weakened appetite and accelerating the “healing crisis” of disease.. From the Egyptians, cupping was introduced to the Greeks and eventually spread to ancient cultures in many counties of Europe and even the Americas. In recent history, European and American doctors widely used cupping in practice into the late 1800’s. Research papers were written in the 19th century, and a collaborative effort between the former Soviet Union and China confirmed the clinical efficacy of cupping therapy. It became an official therapy to be found in all Chinese hospitals. Breast cupping became common for inflamed breasts and lactation dysfunctions. The familiar breast pump emerged from this. The 20th century brought about a decline in interest as technology and machines came into use. New cupping sets were introduced using pumps to create the vacuum, and these sets were carried by medical supply companies well into the 1940’s.

Benefits of Massage Cupping Therapy

Massage Cupping techniques are an addition to massage therapy and facials. The action of the nervous system is sedating, and people often descend into a profound state of relaxation.

On a deeper therapeutic level, Massage Cupping is beneficial for so many conditions such as high blood pressure, anxiety, fatigue headache, fibromyalgia, and neuralgia. Body contouring with cupping can eliminate cellulite, and contracted, congested muscle tissue will soften quickly with only a few minutes of Massage Cupping.

Larger cups are used for the broad areas of the back, and a strong vacuum will mimic the rolling action of deep tissue without the discomfort. The movement maybe long and draining or circular and stimulating for stubborn knots and areas of ridged tissue. The skin will turn red with strong suction, indicating that the circulation has been brought to the surface. The increased local blood supply to the muscles and skin will bring nourishment and allow for toxins to be carried away via the veins. The sensation is indescribable! People often describe a deep warmth, and a tingling sensation long after the treatment has ended.

Massage Cupping therapy is not an irritant to the body. It draws the inflammation out, yet does not add to it. This technique is excellent when used as a contrast with warm or cool compresses, or liniments. Massage Cupping can also mimic massage therapy techniques.

Another application for Massage Cupping is the treatment for Cellulite. A very light suction provides drainage, while heavier application can be used to stimulate circulation and loosen adhesions or “dimpling”. Solidified deposits have been softened for easier elimination. Successful and enjoyable body sculpting and contouring is possible, with lasting results and many health benefits.

Applications

Massage Cupping is a pleasant and gentle, non-invasive technique that achieves powerful results in:

  • Cellulite Reduction
  • Pain reduction
  • Joint Mobilization
  • Lymph Drainage
  • Scar reduction
  • Skin toning and Firming
  • Releasing tight, contracted Muscle tissue
  • Contouring the Face and Body
  • Assisting with Weight Loss Programs
  • Athletic Performance Enhancement
  • Detoxification - movement of stagnation
  • Pre-and Post Operative Therapy to shorten recovery Time and enhance surgical Results
Conditions That Respond to Massage Cupping
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Poor Circulation
  • Sciatica
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Cellulite
  • Toxicity
  • Asthma
  • Pneumonia
  • TMJ Dysfunction
  • Diabetes
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Chronic Pain
  • Menopause
  • Arthritis
  • Neuralgia
  • Poorly Nourished skin and Muscle tissue
  • Lung Inflammation and Congestion
  • Migraine, Tension Headaches
  • Sinusitis
  • High Blood Pressure / Low Blood Pressure
  • Sluggish Colon and IBS
  • Stagnant Lymph and Edema
  • Pre- and Post - Operative conditions
  • Athletic Stress and Injury
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Scar and Adhesions
  • Spider Veins and Varicosities
  • Muscular Aches

 
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