Signature Massage offers Therapeutic Cupping Therapy
Suction cup therapy is the oldest and most globally practiced medical treatment in the history of mankind and remains favored by millions of people worldwide because of its safe, comfortable and remarkably effective healing potential for many health issues. The value and efficacy of this therapy has been documented through several thousand years of historical, clinical and subjective research.
Cupping employs negative pressure, as opposed to tissue compression. This lifting action results in greater circulation to congested areas of the body and it also activates the lymphatic system and encourages better muscle tone and elasticity.
Cupping is beneficial for many health concerns such as high blood pressure, sciatica, insomnia, colon disorders, anxiety, fatigue, poor circulation, a sluggish lymphatic system, edema, cellulite, droopy eyelids, facial lines/wrinkles, nervous tension, chronic headaches, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, neuralgia and menstrual problems in addition to neck, upper and lower back pain, and leg and hip pain.
Ellen Hamilton received her Advanced training and certification in Cupping Methods and Facial Rejuvenation from the International Cupping Therapy Association out of Washington. Since then, she has been incorporating Dynamic as well as Static cupping techniques within most every massage offered at Signature Massage. The client response has been tremendous, and the therapeutic treatments given have often times been longer lasting than through traditional massage. It has been reported that 5 minutes of cupping is the equivalent of 30 minutes of deep tissue massage!
What is Dynamic Cupping?
Dynamic Cupping incorporates negative lifting as the cup is moved over the tissue in circular, striated, or cross fiber movements. Ellen utilizes Dynamic Cupping as a “warm-up” to more focused massage techniques or static cupping. One of the benefits of the dynamic cupping method is that generally, no marks are left on the body as the cup is in continual motion. Often times, after an aggressive dynamic cupping session, no further therapeutic treatment is required as the intent of the session was achieved!
What is Static Cupping?
Most every cupping session we do includes Dynamic cupping first. To address areas of pain or discomfort, Ellen may incorporate some Static Cupping protocols which may last from 2-5 minutes depending upon the issue at hand. In cases of congested tissue, a circular mark maybe left on the skin following a Static Cupping Session. Contrary to popular belief, this is NOT a bruise. Cupping pulls cell waste or stagnant toxins out of tissues and brings it closer to the skin level. The pores expand discharging some of these wastes and toxins. The rest is then more accessible to the body’s circulatory and lymphatic systems where it can be properly flushed out. In addition, cupping brings fresh, revitalized blood to these areas.
Does Cupping hurt?
Generally speaking no. Once you get used to the negative pressure, our clients often state that it is very relaxing and energizing. They feel lighter following a cupping session as the once congested tissue that caused pain and discomfort now allows for greater freedom of movement. There may be a bit of discomfort or awareness where there are tender spots or sore muscles or joints…..but within minutes the pain usually dissipates as increased circulation gravitates to the once congested tissue.
If you have any further questions or would like to discuss your health concerns in greater detail and see how Therapeutic Cupping may be of benefit, please call 816-525-7171 and talk with Ellen Hamilton.
Cupping for Self Care which includes instruction for cellulite reduction and facial rejuvenation is now available. Please call Ellen directly to schedule.