Kelly Chace LMT

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Massage Cupping

Massage Cupping Bodywork Therapy



A wonderful ancient technique has found  its place in the modern world of healing. Massage Cupping™ bodywork therapy is a  modified version of the common practice of cupping therapy, and the  incredible results that this simple treatment produces have truly  impressed those who experience it's subtle power. By creating suction  and negative pressure, Massage Cupping™ bodywork is used to drain excess  fluids and toxins, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, and  bring blood flow to stagnant muscles and skin. Massage Cupping™ therapy  is a versatile method that can easily be modified to accomplish a range  of techniques, from lymphatic drainage to deep tissue release. This  complements many health modalities ranging from spa treatments to  medical massage.

Massage Cupping™ bodywork is fun and result-oriented ... and  the treatment FEELS GREAT!

How is Massage Cupping™ bodywork therapy  accomplished? The cup is positioned over the area of the body to be  treated and suction is created using a vacuum gun. 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.

What is the difference between  Massage Cupping™ therapy and traditional cupping therapy? In  Traditional Chinese Medicine, stationary cups are placed on the skin and  left for a period of five to fifteen minutes. The goal of cupping  therapy is to move stagnation of blood and chi, disperse internal heat,  and other applications based on Traditional Chinese Medical diagnostics.  Stationary cupping is also used in the home on both adults and children  for respiratory conditions, and cups are frequently found on pharmacy  shelves and in home medicine cabinets for family use.

The other technique is moving, or  ''massage cups." This is the more common use for massage therapists and  other healthcare practitioners. Before applying the cup, the therapist  will administer plenty of 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 will respond to this unique treatment.

How does Massage Cupping™  bodywork therapy feel? The sensation is truly indescribable! People  often experience deep warmth and a tingling sensation 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  presence of a deep snore is common!

What are the benefits of Massage Cupping™  bodywork? 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 cupping, indicating that the circulation has  been brought to the surface. Application of liniments, analgesics, plant  hydrosols and essential oil blends immediately after Massage Cupping™  bodywork will enable the absorption of the product deep into the tissue.   The 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 or acute pain can be relieved with minimal  discomfort and tense muscles softened quickly and easily. Massage  Cupping™ bodywork therapy is wonderfully effective as an addition to a  massage or other therapeutic service.

Another effective application of the  cupping technique 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 cupped prior to a wrapping procedure to enhance the  absorption of the product. Enjoy the warm feeling of cupped, energized  tissue being painted with soothing algae, mud or gel before being  enveloped.

New  additions to the Massage Cupping™ bodywork technique include a  revolutionary face lifting and drainage treatment and magnetic cupping  reflexology for the feet and hands. The magnetic equipment is showing  great results in the treatment of injury sites and pain.

Why should I request Massage Cupping™ bodywork  therapy? One of the most enjoyable aspects of this technique is the  incredibly wide range of movements. Creativity provides a variety of  methods, while alteration of pressure and speed produces amazingly  different sensations. The edge of the cup can be used to "scoop" in  across fiber movement Vigorous circles feel marvelous on the hips,  thighs and shoulders. Long strokes down the sides of the spine and along  the ribs provide ease to rib cage expansion and breathing. Stubborn  neck tension can be released in mere minutes and scar tissue softened  using a "reverse friction" technique.

People often report that the experience  stayed with them longer than most treatments, and the speed with which  Massage Cupping™ bodywork effects change in the tissue is truly amazing.  When used in a treatment series, the results are cumulative. Yet even  in a single treatment, a long-term physical issue may be resolved!  Applications for this technique include body contouring, chronic pain  relief, pre-surgery prepping and post-surgery recovery (face and body),  and more. Conditions that have responded to Massage Cupping™ bodywork  include colon disorders, edema, fibromyalgia, sports injury, cellulite,  nervous tension and many more!

What is the discoloration that occurs after  some treatments? There is a "marked" difference between traditional  cupping and the Massage Cupping™ therapy technique. The marks that are  commonly left from Chinese medical treatments are the desired result.  Massage Cupping™ bodywork very rarely produces this discoloration,  called a "cup kiss" or "doo-hickey." If this appears during the  treatment, it's just an added bonus indicating intense stagnation of  body fluid and toxins in the area. This is not a bruise and will  dissipate anywhere between a few hours and a few days. It is also  unlikely that it will reoccur in the same area.

Is Massage Cupping™ bodywork  therapy safe? This technique is used safely on children, adults and  elderly persons. The most common misuse of the Massage Cupping™ bodywork  technique is overuse. Massage Cupping™ bodywork is an intense therapy,  and its impact on the body systems is significant. In particular,  children, the elderly, 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.

Massage Cupping™ bodywork therapy is an  easy technique to do, but it is not simple. To achieve maximum results  safely, training is required. The current workshops are 22 hours to  complete, and educational videos/DVDs and books are available. When  scheduling a treatment, inquire as to the training of the healthcare  professional.

This article is copyrighted material written by the following  author:

ANITA  J, SHANNON is a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Licensed  Cosmetologist since 1983, specializing in skin care, body treatments,  clinical Aromatherapy and various modalities of massage therapy. She is a  national educator since 1990, appearing at four national Spa and  Massage conventions each year, and appeared as a co-host for four years  on the television show "Health Options Today" with Dr. Mitchell Ghen.

Anita is the Director of Advanced  Continuing Education, an NCBTMB CE provider established in 2001, and has  presented numerous workshops on Massage Cupping™ bodywork therapy at  national locations since 2002. Anita has been published on this subject  in Massage Today and Massage Magazine. She has published  two educational videos on Massage Cupping'™ bodywork therapy and is  currently writing a book on the subject

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