Heavenly Oasis Massage Therapy
Laura Krieger MMP, LMT

Cupping

What the cup??

 Cupping is an ancient therapy dating back over 3,000 years used for pain reduction and boosting the body’s over all immune system. There are different types of cups used. Silicon cups can be used for stationary work and gliding work. Glass cups (AKA) Fire Cupping and Plastic cups more commonly found used by acupuncturists. The suction and negative pressure of the cups rapidly provides rigid soft tissue release up to 4 inches deep by loosening and lifting the fascia and muscles. Cupping releases white blood cells, platelets, fibroblasts and other anti-inflammatory chemicals to promote healing and break up adhesions. The tissues are flooded with fresh new blood cells carrying vitamins, minerals, and oxygen while the suction pulls stagnant blood out of the area. Think of it as a vacuum cleaner for the connective tissue. It sucks the dust, crumbs, abandoned cellular debris and forgotten emotional baggage that have manifested themselves away between your bones, muscles and fascia.

 

 

What Are Some Of The Benefits of Cupping?

  • Flushes lactic acid & stagnant blood from acute & chronic contracted muscles

  • Breaks up adhesions from frozen shoulder and rotator cuff tears

  • Relieves pain from sciatica/back pain, shin splints, whiplash, and other conditions

  • Alleviates discomfort from respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, & emphysema

  • Relief from cough & breaks up phlegm buildup in the lungs

  • Reduces the chance of getting the common cold or flu

  • Facilitates the flow of lymph, which helps remove bacteria & toxic substances from the body

  • Effective pain relief from chronic joint rheumatism and arthritis

  • Increases production of synovial fluids in the joints

  • Dramatically breaks up scar tissue surrounding the joints

  • Encourages a sufficient supply of nutrition to the tissues

  • Encourages blood & lymph circulation to the tissues

  • Increases secretion of digestive fluids & nutrition absorption

  • Relieves chronic gastroenteritis disorders & colon blockages

  • Stimulates the spinal nerves & the automatic nervous system

  • Temporarily dissipates cellulite dimpling

  • Smoothing the appearance of stretch marks

Pain Relief

“Massage Magazine” reports that clients who received cupping sessions found that it relieved chronic pain and helped improve range of motion to injured areas. The clients who experienced this pain relief reported that the effects lasted longer than the pain relief associated with other massage modalities.

 

Loosen Muscles

Fribromyalgia-symptoms.org reports that cupping is an effective way to reduce the muscle stiffness associated with the disorder. Cupping loosens the muscles and brings an influx of blood to the area and softens the underlying muscle tissues, leading to increased flexibility and a better sense of mobility.

 

Relaxation

Like other massage modalities, cupping can be incredibly relaxing. The work is usually performed in soothing setting and the therapists touch is very light. The therapist might move the cups around the body, mirroring the strokes that you would receive during a standard relaxation massage. While the goal of the session is to target different areas of the body, a cupping treatment can improve your general sense of relaxation.