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CUPPING THERAPY

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WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • There are two types of cupping therapy. 

    • 1. Stationary, which is used to help clear the stagnation of blood and facilitate the release of pathogens.

    • 2. Massage Cupping is when the therapist glides the cups over the location to help relieve tension and congestion.  

    • The type your therapist will perform depends on the type of pain you are experiencing.

  • Cupping therapy is perfect for people who are experiencing backaches, sore muscles, stress, and a stiff neck.

  • Typically, modern cups are made of clear plastic and there are 2 different types of applications used by this studio:

    • 1. Manually operated air pump and a tube.  A valve is present inside the cup, which serves as the passageway of the air released from the cup when it is removed.  

    • 2. Electric vacuum therapy a motorized unit is used to create suction over tight tissues, trigger points, or injuries for a fast way to improve the elasticity of tissue and stimulate healing of injuries and scar tissue. Adhesive scars can create musculoskeletal problems far from the site of the scar. After a few treatments, scar tissue will soften and release the adhesions to the tissue below. 

  • There are actually different sizes of cups that allow a more concentrated or a broader contact with the different pressure points.  While there is a slight sensation, the treatments will not hurt. In fact, people who have massage cupping therapy report that it is actually quite relaxing.

  • During the procedure, the cups will help increase the blood supply to the muscle and skin, which will then bring nourishment and allow the stagnation and toxins to be carried away.

  • A favorite area in which to have cupping therapy is the broad area of the back.  These cups are going to help stimulate knots and rigid tissue areas.  Other areas can include the shoulders, neck and hips.

  • For the first 10 to 20 minutes, a massage will be performed to loosen up the muscles.  After this, the cups will be applied and will do their work for up to 15 minutes.  Once this is complete, the cups will be removed and the session will be finished.  Typical sessions can take up to 45 minutes to an hour.

  • After a session, suction cup marks or "cup kisses" will be present on the skin.  These marks can take anywhere from 3 days to a week, or sometimes even 2 weeks to heal depending on each clients circulatory and lymphatic system.

TIPS TO KNOW:

  • Aside from pains, if you are suffering from fibromyalgia, insomnia, and chronic pain, this therapy could work. You may also want to consider cupping therapy if you have been suffering from post-injury trauma and surgery adhesions.

  • There are both benefits and side effects of cupping therapy.  The main side effect is the marks (cup kisses) that are left behind.  

  • It is advised that pregnant or menstruating women, people with cancer, and people with bone fractures stay away from cupping therapy.

  • Because cupping therapy is considered an alternative medicine, most insurance companies will not cover the costs.

  • Cupping, for the most part, won’t be painful, but those who have had the procedure done stated it felt as if someone was slightly pinching the area being cupped.  Even after the suction cups are removed, the bruise you may see online are rarely painful and are considered a part of the process.

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