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An ancient technique, cupping uses suction to open and expand tissues, rather than compress them, as in most massage techniques. By opening tissues, cupping reduces muscle tension, releases accumulated waste products for the body to process, and calms the nervous system. While cupping can be the primary technique used in a full body massage, it is often most beneficially used in discrete areas as part of a session incorporating other techniques.

What’s with the Dark Circles? When cupping expands tissues, they release accumulated waste products for the body’s lymph system to remove. These waste products might cause discoloration at the surface of the skin. This is not a bruise, which is caused by broken capillaries resulting from impact trauma. Properly applied, cupping does not break blood vessels. Discoloration from cupping typically goes away within a few days.

Benefits of Cupping. Cupping provides many of the benefits of massage therapy and other forms of bodywork, as well as some additional benefits that only suction can offer.

  • Reduces hypertonicity (tightness) in muscles
  • Releases scars and restricted fascia
  • Activates the secretion of synovial fluids to release joint stiffness
  • Promotes metabolism within skin tissue and muscles
  • Detoxifies through the release of stagnant blood/toxins/lymph
  • Reduces pain
  • Promotes lymph drainage
  • Reduces recovery time for athletes and post-surgery

Conditions Treated by Cupping. Cupping can be used, alone or in conjunction with massage and other bodywork, to effect positive change on a number of conditions, such as:  Arthritis, Asthma & Pneumonia, Athletic Stress & Injury, Bursitis, Tendonitis, & Plantar Fasciitis, Cellulite, Chronic Pain, Diabetes-related circulatory issues, Edema, Stagnant Lymph, Fibromyalgia, High Blood Pressure / Low Blood Pressure, Insomnia & Anxiety, Lung Inflammation & Congestion, Menopause symptoms, Migraine, Tension Heachaches, & Sinusitis, Muscular Aches, Neuralgia, Parkinson’s Disease symptoms, Poor Circulation, Pre- & Post-Operative Conditions, Scars & Adhesions, Sciatica, Scoliosis, Sluggish Colon & IBS, TMJ Dysfunction, Toxicity

Possible After-Effects of Cupping. Because cupping works so deeply on tissues, it can produce short-term side effects that are the body’s response to the cupping treatment. These are quite normal and usually subside within a couple of days, if not sooner. Effects can be most intense after initial sessions and will reduce with subsequent sessions, as the body has eliminated waste products and become accustomed to cupping. Some of the possible after-effects include:

* need for sleep/insomnia/deep sleep      * vivid dreams/night sweats     * intense hunger/no appetite     * nausea/food cravings     * euphoria     * hang-over symptoms     * strong body odor     * increased bowel elimination/strong urine odor     * dry mouth/thirst     * heightened senses     * emotional release     * warm skin/chills     * restlessness     * post-exercise soreness     * headache     * feeling lighter/taller  (source: ICTA)

As with any therapy you receive from me, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are concerned about your post-session experiences.


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