|Cupping is a powerful detoxifying, pain relieving and energy building modality that people all over the world use for health
The use of cupping is an ancient technique still used today. It utilizes cups that are made of plastic, glass or silicone to
create suction on the body’s surface. The cups are moved over the skin using gliding, shaking, popping and rotating
techniques while gently pulling up on the cups or are parked for a short amount of time to facilitate joint mobilization or soft
tissue release. This suction reaches deep into the soft tissue, attachment and organs. It also has a sedating effect on the
nervous system. Another benefit is to pull inflammation and toxins from the body tissues so that the skin and lymphatic
system can eliminate them.
Suction cups rapidly facilitate rigid soft tissue release, loosens and lifts connective tissue, breaks up and drains stagnation
while increasing blood, oxygen and lymph flow to skin and muscles in ways not possible using compression.
Benefits to the Recipient
- Activates the skin, clears stretch marks and wrinkles and improves varicose veins
- Anxiety and insomnia
- Breaks up and expels congestion
- Bronchial asthma & congestion
- Chronic gastric pain
- Cleans the blood and lymph and helps to balance PH levels
- Colds & Influenza
- Deep tissue work and release without discomfort
- Dermatological disorders
- Dispels colds and respiratory infections
- Dispels wind, damp and cold to treat muscle and joint pain, stiffness, and arthritis (acupressure / Asian theory)
- Facilitates the movement of Qi and blood systemically and locally
- Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Gallbladder disorders
- Gynecological disorders
- High blood pressure, stroke and arteriosclerosis
- Intercostal Neuralgia
- Intestinal disorders
- Kidney disorders (including frequent/urgent urination)
- Liver disorders
- Loosens adhesions
- Menopausal discomforts
- Moves stagnation and drains fluids
- Muscular-skeletal problems: pain, spasms, cramps, tightness, numbness, stiffness of the back and neck
- Nervous system sedation
- Post-injury trauma
- Post-surgery adhesions
- Pulls blood supply to the skin
- Relieves gastrointestinal symptoms such as stomachache, vomiting and diarrhea
- Relieves inflammation
- Strengthens the immune system by promoting the flow of lymphatic fluid
- Stretches muscle and connective tissues
- The suction created by cupping pulls stagnant fluids to the surface, removes toxic pathogens and promotes fresh
oxygenated, nutrient rich blood and lymph
- Treats excess heat conditions, fever, stress, depression and anxiety (acupressure / Asian theory)
On the deeper therapeutic level, Cupping is very beneficial for many conditions such as high blood pressure, anxiety, fatigue,
chronic headache, fibromyalgia and neuralgia. Contracted, congested muscle tissue will soften quickly with only a few
Cumulative Cupping treatments increase muscle endurance, circulation, lung capacity, lymphatic drainage and health
maintenance during strenuous activities. Many professional athletes incorporate it into their training to enhance their overall
performance, agility and ability to recover from their sports.
Conditions that respond to Massage Cupping
- Asthma and Pneumonia
- Athletic Stress and Injury
- Bursitis, Tendonitis, and Other Inflammatory Conditions
- High/Low Blood Pressure
- Insomnia and Anxiety
- Migraine and Tension
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Poor Circulation
- Pre – and post – Operative Conditions
- Sciatica and IT Band
- Sluggish Colon or Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Stagnant Lymph and Edema
- TMJ Dysfunction
Cardiovascular disease: unstable, moderate or sever
Cardiovascular medications: blood thinners
Blood disorders: hemophilia
Cancer: malignant tumors and leukemia *(for all cancers I would need a note giving authorization to do therapy from
the Oncologist doctor only and no other doctor)
Skin sensitivities and allergies
Acute injuries and conditions
Acute ( fresh) scar tissues
Pregnancy: lumbosacral, lower abdomen, breast tissue, hegu, snayinjiao, Kunlun merdian points
Acute inflammation and edema
Marks or discolorations that can happen from cupping therapy:
- Discoloration due to toxins and old blood being brought to the surface.
- Post treatment tenderness – this is common with any bodywork, but is usually less than from deep tissue work.
- Redness and itching – due to increased vasodilation and/or inflammation brought to the surface.
- Decreased blood pressure – due to vasodilation and/or nervous system sedation.
One of the common and unfortunate misconceptions concerning cupping is the misinterpretation of the discoloration.
Many think these marks are bruising. “Bruising” is caused by impact trauma with breakage of capillaries and reactionary
rush of fluids to the damaged area from the tissue compression/injury. Discoloration can occur as the Cupping session draws
up dead cellular debris, poisons, stagnation and excess fluids to the surface leaving these deposits under the skin for the
lymphatic & circulatory systems to drain it away.
Often, when a condition exists within deeper structures where sufficient pathologic factors and stagnant fluids (toxins, blood
and lymph) are dredged up during treatment, discoloration will appear on the skin. This is the therapeutically desired effect –
the more this is visible, the greater the level of stagnation and toxicity.
The discoloration will fade over a few days to a couple of weeks depending on the individual.
- When circulation is sluggish or compromised in an stagnant are of the body, insufficient oxygen gets to the cells and
there will be a local buildup of waste products. When the skin is pressed, the blanching that occurs is slow to fade.
- Suction pulls toxins, pathogenic factors, blood poison, dead lymph and cellular debris from deep within the tissues to
the surface. These debilitating agents are then more easily expelled from the body. The deposits dissipate from a few
hours up to several weeks, depending on the amount of stagnation and the patients post treatment activities.
- The quality of the pathogenic factors varies according to the severity of the patient's blood stasis -- which correlates
with the nature, severity and type of condition they have.
- It can appear from a light pink to a dark purple, but is usually a shade of red. Often tiny raised bumps will appear.
Sometimes a clear fluid will be drawn to the surface.
- These are all results of disease and toxins being removed from deep within the tissues.
- The more discoloration that surfaces – the greater level of stagnation and toxicity needing to be purged from the body.
The deposits will lessen in intensity as the deeper issues are resolved and the stagnations and toxins have been dredged up
and flushed out via the body's' own circulatory systems, expulsion from the pores and sweat. Sweating is a great after
treatment follow up for the clients to help get rid of the garbage you've released. Although the marks look painful, they are
not. Patients usually feel an immediate sense of relief.
Client after session care instructions
The after effects of Cupping are most intense at the beginning of receiving treatments, and lessen dramatically as your
system becomes accustomed to the treatments as they cumulate. Besides the effects Cupping provides for specific
conditions, injuries and illnesses, some of the general after effects include:
- The need for sleep
- Intense hunger (munchies)
- No appetite
- Similar to post deep tissue massage
- Feelings of being "hung over"
- Increased bowel elimination
- Stronger body odor (detox)
- "Best night’s sleep in years"
- Inability to sleep
- Vivid dreams
- Night sweats
- Heightened senses (smell, sight, sound)
- Craving for certain foods
- Thirst and cotton mouth
- Emotional release
- Stronger than normal bowel & urine odors
- Skin surface warmer than normal
- Restless (wanting to clean, organize, etc.)
- Soreness, like after strenuous exercise
- Feeling of reduced mass, increased height
- Drink plenty of the purest water you can find (not all fluids are equal)
- Do not exercise until the next day
- Avoid chills, drafts or heat for 4-6 hours
- Avoid showers, steam, sauna until the next day (if you must bathe, keep it luke warm)
- Do not receive other body work for 48 hours as this could overload your system or it could negate the work that has
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