WHAT IS MASSAGE CUPPING?
WHAT DOES IT DO? HOW DOES IT FEEL?
WHO SHOULD HAVE IT AND WHO SHOULD NOT?
Not to be confused with tradtional Chinese cupping (a means of balancing body energy usually employed by an accupuncturist), massage cupping utilizes suction to provide a great way to loosen knotted muscle, detoxify the body and to promote an overall sense of wellness.
By creating suction and negative pressure, massage cupping is used to drain excess fluids and toxins; stimulate the peripheral nervous system; bring blood flow to stagnant muscles and skin; and loosen adhesions, connective tissue and stubborn knots in soft tissue.
Persons with circulation problems might benefit, but should check with their doctor first. People on blood thinners would also need a doctor's okay to pursue cupping therapy. Also, the suction will not work over very hairy areas of the body - so some people won't be able to have cupping work performed on all muscles unless they opt to shave or wax the area.
While the cups do sometimes leave marks (either round bruise-looking marks or circular ones) these are not injuries. They do not hurt but if the area of work was heavy with toxins or simply holding stagnate blood, it can feel a bit like a bruise after it starts to fade! I had several areas worked, less than 20% of the work done on me left any marks and I am a naturally fair-skinned redhaired person who bruises very easily!
Is cupping a good plan for you? Do you have more questions? Call me or ask me during your next visit. Oh, and check out the picture of mega-star Gwyneth Paltrow's cupping marks on my photos page, too!
I am very excited about being able to bring yet one more way to help my clients find that healthy balance in body, mind and spirit using this new skill. I think you'll love it, too.
Cupping can be used as part of a "regular" massage or you can elect to have full cupping sessions. If you are interested in a detoxifying cupping "wrap" - they are available.
P.S. Cupping wraps are ideal for helping rid your body of accumulated toxins, dead lymph and even old blood that is trapped in its fascial layers. A series of at least three wraps (1 each week) are a great way to bring these toxins and other waste products to the surface and work them out of the body.
Licensed Massage Therapist and Thai Bodyworker.
Georgia License - MT001529
Florida License - MA42098
NCTMB Certification - 410298-00
Being State Licensed in both Florida and Georgia and having my National Certification
ensures that all massage your receive will be performed ethically and according to the
professional standards set by both States and the National Certification Board.