Cupping Therapy originated in China and was used to remove
boils and carbuncles in humans and animals. This modality
is commonly used today by Naturopaths to detoxify and address
chi imbalances in the body.
Massage Therapists trained in cupping massage, use this technique
to loosen fascial restrictions, normalize interstitial fluids
by creating a suction effect between the cup and the skin.
How does this therapy work?
By creating a suction effect between the cup and the skin,
the underlying fascia/connective tissue layers are gently
separated. This allows the fluids that bathe all the tissues
of the body to enter thereby drawing circulation to the site,
bringing nutrition and oxygen in and creating a more effective
pathway for the pain producing toxins and metabolites to leave.
The result is immediate increase in the mobility of the treatment
site. Depending on the severity of the restriction, range
of motion of a joint is immediately increased and pain caused
by the restriction is eliminated.
Cupping Massage can be a good choice to assist the detoxification
process. Regular use of this technique can effectively support
the lymphatic system in removing toxins often held in the
connective tissue layers below the skin. Cellulite is often
the result of stagnation of the lymphatic system and body
fluids .These areas are also lacking effective circulation
resulting in tenderness or increased sensitivity when touched.
Cupping Massage can reduce the adhesions beneath the skin
which give cellulite the "puckered" appearance,
reduce skin sensitivity and facilitate circulation of both
blood and lymphatic fluids.
What can you expect as a client?
You will meet with me and a myofascial assessment will be
performed. If this type of therapy is indicated, I will discuss
with you the preparation that needs to be in place before
the cupping session.
You as the client may be asked to wear a t-shirt, shorts
or other appropriate clothing. Once the site of restriction
is found the cup is placed on your skin and the suction effect
is created by a hand held pump. This allows for the right
amount of suction to be created that is both therapeutic and
within your comfort level.
This therapy can stand alone or combines well with Integrative
This therapy is not well suited for those
on blood thinning medications, vasodilators, medications where
bruising is common or for diabetics.