The cup is positioned over the area of the body to be treated and suction is created using a vacuum gun or bulb. The more traditional method involves inserting a flame into a glass cup to create the vacuum. The suction level can range from light to heavy, and the movements performed by the therapist can be stimulating or sedating.
In traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), stationary cups are placed on the skin and left for a period of 5 to 15 minutes, and the cups may also be moved over the area. The goal of Chinese cupping therapy is to move stagnation of blood and chi, disperse internal heat, and other applications based on TCM diagnostics. Traditional cupping therapies are also generally used in many cultures on both adults and children for respiratory conditions, pain relief, and multiple other uses in home health care.
Massage Cupping™ therapy is a more commonly used tool for massage therapists and other health care practitioners. Before apply the cup, the therapist will administer oil or lotion to facilitate smooth movement. The entire back may be treated, including the neck, shoulders, middle and lower back, and sacral area. The hip and thigh areas may also be treated, and abdominal Massage Cupping™ bodywork feels just incredible. Almost every area of the body responds to this unique treatment. How does Massage Cupping™ therapy feel?
The sensation is truly indescribable, often experienced as deep warmth and a tingling sensation lasting long after the treatment has ended. The action on the nervous system is sedating, and people will often descend into a profound state of relaxation. The body comes alive, and new ease of movement can truly be felt.
Massage Cupping™ therapy is not an irritant to the skin or body. It draws the inflammation out, yet does not add to it. The skin will turn red with strong movements, indicating that circulation has been brought to the surface. Application of liniments, analgesics, plant hydrosols and essential oil blends immediately after Massage Cupping™ bodywork will enable absorption of the product deep into the tissue. Increased local blood supply to the muscles and skin will bring nourishment and allow for toxins to be carried away via the veins. Conditions of chronic and acute pain can be relieved with minimal discomfort and tense muscles softened quickly and easily. Massage Cupping™ therapy is wonderfully effective as an addition to a massage or other therapeutic service.
Another effective application of Massage Cupping™ bodywork is in the treatment of cellulite. A very light suction provides drainage, while heavier application can be used to stimulate circulation and loosen adhesions or “dimpling”. The thighs and hip region should be treated prior to a wrapping procedure to enhance the absorption of product. Enjoy the feeling of warm, energized skin being painted with soothing algae, mud or gel before being enveloped.
Treatments using Massage Cupping™ therapy include a revolutionary face lifting and drainage treatment and magnetic micro-cup reflexology for the feet and hands. The magnetic equipment is showing great results in the treatment of injury sites, neuropathy and pain.
Is Massage Cupping™ therapy safe?
This technique is used safely on children, adults and elderly persons. The most common misuse of Massage Cupping™ therapy is overuse. This is an intense therapy, and its impact on the body systems is significant. In particular, the elderly, children, and persons with diabetes and those on blood thinners should be treated gently. After any Massage Cupping™ therapy treatment, it is important to avoid exposure to excessive heat or cold, and sufficient hydration is required to facilitate elimination. A complete assessment of specific conditions at the time of treatment must be taken into consideration by the practitioner.
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