A note from Aimee: This article was schedule months before the Olympic hype surfaced on cupping. I wanted to let you know we're not jumping on any bandwagons. However, we do hope you enjoy our "timely" article!
Massage is great. Most of us would agree on that. In the healing arts, however, there are thousands of other practices that have also been effectively used for centuries. Adding just one of these ancient healing techniques to a massage can improve upon an already amazing treatment.
Do you feel that most treatments are not quiet enough pressure? Do you feel a little something extra is needed to work out your really tight spots? If so, the brilliant combination of cupping and massage is perfect for you.
There are several cupping methods that can be used. Balance concentrates on one that entails placing a series of various sized plastic cups along the spine and where there is pain. These cups have a hole in them where a suction tube is connected. With a quick twist of the cup and a pump of the tube, the suction “locks” the cup into place. Depending on the person, there may be some discomfort, similar to a slight pinch when this occurs, however, you are in control and can indicate if it is too much pressure; the suction will be adjusted accordingly.
Cupping during massage allows the practitioner to give special attention is given to trouble spots, in the back for example, while also moving on to work the legs for a full body treatment.
The cups are left in place for roughly 10 minutes, allowing any stagnant blood and toxins to be pulled to the surface of the skin. This helps to heal trauma and thereby improve function. There may be some discoloration left on the skin when this happens, similar to that of a bruise. The more affected the area, the deeper and longer lasting the marks will be. You can expect these marks to last anywhere from a day to a week based on the severity of the damage that was in that particular location.
During this service, the cups may be used anywhere on the body; it is not restricted to the back. The practitioner may also lessen the suction of certain cups to make them movable. They are then used in massage like strokes to improve circulation over a larger surface area quicker but less intensely than when the cups are held in place.
Again, the beauty of this service is that it still incorporates traditional therapeutic massage. It is a compliment to the circulatory benefits and pain relief provided by the cupping.
When all is said and done, you will leave your appointment feeling refreshed.
Tight muscles should feel looser and with the improvement in blood flow, you will likely enjoy a taste of renewed energy. That is something everyone can appreciate. Plus, it’s a great way to stay pain free this fall.
Balance Healing Center Staff
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