“What did you just say to me?!!!”, my client jokingly said to me the other day when I asked her if she’d ever been cupped. She had never even heard of the practice and was fascinated when I told her what cupping can do to reduce chronic pain and inflammation. Her fascination got me thinking that I should write a little something to tell the masses.
What is Cupping?
Cupping therapy is a form of holistic healing that has been used for centuries by the Chinese, Egyptian, and Middle Eastern cultures, in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction.
The suction of the cups mobilizes blood flow to promote the healing of a broad range of medical ailments. It is painless, fast, and effective at releasing chronically held muscles.
How is it done?
Using medical grade silicone cups, the practitioner creates a seal on the body by administering suction with a vacuum pump. Once the seal is created, the cups are pliable enough to be moved from place to place in one area of the body to create a massage like experience. Clients love having the cups moved up and down their back on either side of the spine. The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be easily lifted into the cup. Cupping is similar to the inverse of massage – rather than applying downward pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most clients, this is a relaxing and soothing treatment. Cups can also be left in place for a few minutes to release chronic tension.
After a few minutes, the cups are gently removed by pulling a lever on the cups releasing the suction.
Rather than applying downward pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward.
Benefits of Cupping
Increased Energy Flow
Increased Lymphatic Drainage
Loosen Muscle Tissue
At SomaSense Bodywork, we blend cupping with other techniques such as deep tissue, Ashiatsu or Tuina (Chinese Medical Massage). Our preference is to customize each session, using whatever techniques work best for you. We don’t charge more for one type of massage than another, or for deeper work. Our flat hourly rate is $90 for any blend of techniques that will transform a tired achy body into a refreshed and relaxed one.
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