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CUPPING

WHAT IS CUPPING?

Cupping therapy is an ancient technique with the purpose to promote health and healing by loosening soft tissue and connective tissue, scarring and increasing circulation.  This therapy utilizes SILICONE, GLASS OR PLASTIC CUPS and a vacuum pistol to create suction on the body surface.  These cups are moved over the skin using gliding, shaking, popping and rotating techniques while gently pulling up on the cup, or may be parked for a short time to facilitate joint mobilization or soft tissue release. 

COMMON USES FOR CUPPING THERAPY

Muscle Tightness: tension and pain (loosens knots and deep tissue blockages)

Digestive System: diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, vomiting

Respiratory System: common cold, cough, asthma

Gynecological Issues: absent periods, irregular periods, infertility

Lymph Drainage: helps to drain and clear lymph nodes

Boosts Skin Health: tones and firms skin

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WHAT'S UP WITH THE BRUISING?

Cupping causes a separation between your skin and muscles, allowing increased blood flow to that area and brings your bodies toxins to the surface to be excreted.  The bruise is not caused by any trauma to your skin, there will be NO RESIDUAL PAIN, however, a MARK (BRUISE) can remain.

 

The colouring of the bruise depends on the level of toxins in your body.  It will be a darker colour if there is a high level of toxins in your body and generally after repeated sessions the colour does fade.  The marks usually last from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. 

 

The practitioner will help massage the area after treatment to assist with the healing.  It is important to drink plenty of water after your session to help flush out the excess toxins.

WHICH LENGTH OF SESSION SHOULD YOU BOOK?

Length of Time     Body Area(s) Treated    Example of Area(s) Cupped

 30 mins                   1 Area                             Back

 45 mins                   2 to 3 Areas                    Back and Shoulders

 60 mins                   3 or more Areas             Back, shoulders and Arms

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

For pregnant clients: ensure practitioner avoids abdomen and lower back and does not apply strong suction

For clients with computer implants: (i.e., pacemaker, insulin pump) avoid magnetic cups