Hill Country Healing Arts & Massage

Healing The Hill Country since 2002

Cupping Therapy

Great article: https://lureessentials.com/blogs/news/science-explores-the-benefits-of-cupping

First let me say I TRY to NEVER leave the marks you see online or in magazines. All the celebrity photos you see do not represent what I do or most massage are permitted to do.  I’m not an acupuncturist and work within my scope of coursework and experience !! I’ve taken many workshops over the years and started cupping before it became all the rage. If you do end up with red circles its due to the presence of stagnation and serves to let me know there is injury to that area, they usually disappear within the hour.

SO WHY CUPPING?

Better health is on everyone's list and cupping is wonderful technique that can improve your health and provide numerous benefits. 

Shown above are medical grade silicone cups. There are also glass & plastic cups I do manually or with the MC600 machine.

One way to think about cupping is that it is the inverse of massage. Rather than applying pressure to muscles, the suction uses pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscles upward. Cupping was developed thousands of years ago and though the techniques have modernized, the original philosophy remains the same.

As a Texas licensed massage therapist I have taken several workshops and started cupping 15 years ago before it became the next big thing. I was taught not to leave cups on for more then 4-5 min. I am not an acupuncturist and cannot leave them on any longer. I have also studied facial cupping. These are very small cups and create very little suction. My certifications are on display in my studio. (Ace Cupping, The Cupping Revolution, ICTA memberships) 

Cupping involves placing glass, medical grade silicone or plastic cups ( maybe with positive and negative terminals ) on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. Use of lotions or oils help cups to glide over the skin. The underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup. The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, remove "heat" and pull out the toxins that linger in your body's tissues. Very often cups are moved towards the heart to move lymphatic fluid. 

You usually will feel a tight sensation in the area of the cup. Often, this sensation is relaxing and soothing. Depending on your comfort and my assessment of the problem, cups may be moved around or left in place. They may remain on your body briefly or for small amounts of time. Each treatment is unique to you on that particular day. One very common area to be cupped is the back, although cups work well on other areas, too — particularly on fleshy sections of the body.

Cupping may cause the skin to temporarily turn red, especially if there is an injury or energetic blockage under the area that was cupped. I tend to try to avoid ever leaving these marks.The skin discoloration can last anywhere from an hour to day, but is rarely painful. Once the marks have cleared, the procedure can be repeated until the condition or ailment is resolved.

There are a number of methods of cupping — the two most common  are "fixed cupping" and "moving cupping."

Fixed Cupping: The cups are placed on a selected area of your body and then left in place without being moved.

Moving Cupping: As the name implies, in this method your practitioner applies massage oil or cream on your skin in selected places, puts the cups over the areas to be treated and then slides them around that region of the body — most commonly the back. The cups slide easily because the cream has lubricated your body.

You ought to consider exploring the benefits of cupping if you seek relief from stress, pain, allergies, fatigue, flu, colds, back pain, anxiety, muscle aches, red itchy skin conditions or fever.

Facial Cupping - Wonderful for clearing lymph and aids in helping with wrinkles and fatigue. Small cups can also help with headaches and TMJ.