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Cupping has roots in ancient medical traditions across Europe and Asia and is currently used by various medical practitioners worldwide. Cupping involves the placement of small cups over specific parts of the body. A pump is used to create a vacuum between the skin and the cup, drawing the skin and muscle up. Cups tend to be left stationary or, occasionally, may be moved. Cupping is used to help generate the flow of blood, lymph and energy to the treated area and allow the negative elements to exit the body. It treats muscle stiffness/pain in any part of the body, chronic or acute lung and/or nasal congestion, asthma, digestive disorders, poor circulation.
Cupping will cause swelling and bruising on the skin where the cups are applied. They are usually painless and disappear within three to five days of treatment but some clients may have bruises remain up to a month after. Before participating in a cupping session, please explain to your therapist any events in the next month where you may have an exposed back to evaluate if this is the right session for you.
Cupping is an ancient wellness modality that uses gentle suction and vacuum to manipulate the fascia and muscle fibers. Silicone cups are placed on areas of injury or tightness and may be left stationary or, more often, moved along or across the muscle fibers to break up adhesions in the tissue. Cupping stimulates blood flow to the area, pulls stagnant fluid to the surface to be recycled back into the lymph system. It aids in relieving muscle stiffness, trigger points, headaches, TMJ, nasal congestion, plantar fascitis, ITB syndrome, poor circulation and can help aid with cellulite reduction. Though each client’s body is unique, most leave a cupping session feeling a release from tension, have better range of motion and rejuvenated.
*Although cupping is generally not painful, in particularly tight areas the intensity can become uncomfortable. Always communicate with your therapist about your comfort. The cups can leave marks on the skin that look like bruising. They do not hurt and will dissipate in a few days. If you are uncomfortable with the risk of marks, please inform your therapist.
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