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Advanced Therapeutic Massage by Irena Hnatjuk-Zahirovic
Massage Cupping Therapy
Massage Cupping Therapy
Come and try Massage cupping therapy with modern form of vacuum therapy.  By creating suction and vacuum pressure, Massage Cupping is used to soften tight muscles and tone attachments, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, bring hydration and blood flow to body tissues, move deep inflammation to the skin surface for release, and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways.
- Deep tissue work and release without discomfort
- Moves stagnation and drains fluids
- Relieves Inflammation
- Nervous System Sedation
- Breaks Up and Expels Congestion
- Stretches Muscle and Connective Tissues
- Loosens Adhesions
- Pulls blood supply to the Skin
- Facilitates the movement of Qi and Blood systemically and locally
- Strengthens the immune system by promoting the flow of lymphatic fluid
- Cleans the blood and lymph and helps to balance PH levels
The modern world of healing has embraced another wonderful ancient technique that has powerful results. Massage cupping is a modified version of "cupping therapy," which has been used extensively in Chinese medicine for several thousand years.
By creating suction and negative pressure, massage cupping is used to drain excess fluids and toxins; stimulate the peripheral nervous system; bring blood flow to stagnant muscles and skin; and loosen adhesions, connective tissue and stubborn knots in soft tissue.
There are two main cupping techniques: stationary and moving. Stationary cups are placed on the skin and left for a period of five to 10 minutes in one location, or four to six cups may be applied and removed cyclically in a technique called "flash cupping." These are the methods most commonly used in Chinese medicine. Moving (or "massage cupping") is the more commonly used form of cupping among massage therapists and other health care practitioners. Prior to applying the cup, oil is administered to the skin to facilitate smooth movement and palpably discover the areas of tension and congestion. Create the vacuum and place the cup on the affected area, then glide it over the surface. A cup may be "parked" for a short time on stubborn knots or over inflamed joints or tissue. Cupping can be used on the neck, shoulders, back, sacral area, hip, abdomen, thigh, upper arms and calves.
The sensation of cupping is often characterized as deep warmth and tingling, long after the treatment has ended. Cupping is not an irritant to the skin or body. It draws the inflammation out yet does not add to it, and is excellent when used as a contrast therapy with cold compresses or liniments. Massage cupping is often used on the broad areas of the back, which is a wonderful addition to any massage. The treatment is sedating, and people will often descend into a profound state of relaxation. (A deep snore is common!) Larger cups may be used on the back; the strong vacuum will mimic the rolling action of deep tissue massage without the discomfort. The movement may be long and draining, or circular and stimulating, for stubborn knots and areas of rigid tissue.
Massage cupping can be stationary or performed using circular or gliding movements. The skin will redden with strong massage cupping, indicating that circulation has been brought to the surface. Application of liniments, analgesics, plant hydrosols or essential oils immediately following a cupping treatment will aid absorption deep into the tissue. The increased local blood supply will nourish the muscles and skin and allow toxins to be carried away.
Massage cupping is also effective in treating cellulite. A light suction provides drainage, while heavier application can be used to stimulate circulation and loosen adhesions or "dimpling." The thigh and hip region should be treated prior to a wrapping procedure to enhance the absorption of product.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of this technique is the subtle nuance of the movements. Creativity provides a variety of methods, and alteration of pressure and speed produces different sensations. For example, the edge of the cup can be used to "scoop" in a cross-fiber movement, while 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.
Massage cups come in a range of sizes. Stubborn neck tension is soothed using a slow, deep approach with small cups. This is not a technique with limitations - its applications are endless. Clients have often reported that the massage cupping experience stayed with them longer than other treatments and that result are cumulative with consistent sessions. Massage cupping therapy is also easier on the practitioner because it enables the therapist to go deeper without discomfort to the client or themselves.
Massage cupping can be integrated into almost any modality. The equipment is inexpensive (and easily cleaned and stored), practitioners can become proficient quickly with proper training, and it is really fun to do!
These Things Happen to Your Body When You Try Cupping
Cupping is simply applying suction to the skin surface to create negative pressure. The International Cupping Therapy Association says that cupping can improve your health if you suffer from several physical and mental health problems, including the common cold or flu, depression, arthritis, anxiety, sciatica, intestinal problems, muscle pain, and even cellulite and stretch marks.
The ICTA lists these health benefits of cupping:
* Deep tissue stimulation
* Relieves inflammation
* Promotes the flow of lymphatic fluid to stimulate the immune system
* Pulls blood supply to the skin
* Stretches muscle and connective tissue
* Encourages circulation
* Loosens scar tissue adhesions
* Stimulates the flow of Qi energy
5 Ways Cupping Works to Improve Your Health
Increases immune system function
In a review of an ancient cupping therapy technique called Al-hijamah, which is a wet cupping technique, Egyptian and Saudi Arabian researchers say that the therapy ‘may be a promising treatment for increasing immunity of human body, potentiating pharmacological effects of modern drugs and clearing blood from pathological substances causing and related to pathogenesis of many diseases.’ The research showed that the cupping therapy helped increase immune system function by 156% when it was added to conventional pharmacological treatment. Without the drug therapy, cupping increased immune system natural killer cell response by 133%.
Reduces chronic pain
The joint Egyptian and Saudi Arabian study also found that chronic pain intensity reported by patients was reduced using cupping therapy. The amount of pain that was reported by patients seeking help decreased by almost 34% after one month of treatment with cupping, 40% after two months, and 59% after three months of therapy. This was found to be true for people experiencing rheumatoid arthritis and the benefits are believed to extend to other types of chronic pain as well.
Viral and bacterial illnesses defenses improve
Herpes, influenza, viral hepatitis, acne, dermatitis, and cellulitis are all health problems that can also be improved by cupping therapy. The ways that cupping works to improve health are complex because the treatment works on multiple bodily systems at once. In the neurological system, neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, endorphins are all released during therapy. In the immune system, the temporary skin irritation activates the immune function which then increases interferons, tumor necrotizing factor, and increases the flow of lymphatic fluid.
Reduced rates of cardiovascular disease
Systolic hypertension, heart failure, vascular leg blood clots, myocardial ischemia and arrhythmia, and even myocardial infarction or heart attack instances were reduced using cupping therapy as reported by the Egyptian-Arabian study.
Decreased headaches
Headache and migraine pain can be so debilitating that people can miss work and have a financial impact due to the pain that they experience. People may also miss out on fun social activities and hobbies that they used to enjoy due to their chronic headaches. The good news is that cupping works to improve the health of those dealing with headache pain.
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