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Relief Massage Therapy

 Massage Cupping Therapy 

 

Cupping was developed thousands of years ago and though the techniques have modernized; the original philosophy remains the same.​

 

How does it work?

One way to think about cupping is that it is the inverse of massage.

Rather than applying pressure to muscles, the suction uses pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscles upward. I often combine cupping with massage into one treatment, but it could also be used alone.

Cupping involves placing glass, silicon or plastic jars on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup. The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, remove "heat" and pull out the toxins that linger in your body's tissues, and release adhered tissue.

 

What can I expect to happen?

You usually will feel a tight sensation in the area of the cup. Often, this sensation is relaxing and soothing. Depending on your comfort and your practitioner's assessment of the problem, cups may be moved around or left in place. They may remain on your body briefly or for longer amounts of time. Each treatment is unique to you on that day.

Cupping may cause the skin to temporarily turn red, blue or purple, especially if there is an injury or energetic blockage under the area that was cupped. The skin discoloration can last anywhere from a few days to a week but is rarely painful. Once the marks have cleared, the procedure can be repeated until the condition or ailment is resolved.

​I encourage you to ask us about cupping and if it would apply to you.