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Cupping is a very old form of bodywork dating back to the early Egyptians, Chinese and Europeans. In fact, cupping is the oldest and most globally practiced medical treatment in our history. It was only until the past few decades that our population has steered away from holistic medicine and more towards pills and symptoms. Cupping effects the Skin, Muscles, Circulatory System, Nervous System, Digestive System and our Joints.
Here are a few benefits of cupping:
Negative suction allows for the pores to open and expand for toxins to be brought to the surface for our lymph and circulatory system to properly flush out
Congested tissue structures are easily softened
Rigid and achy muscles activate the secretion of synovial fluids releasing stiffness
Localized expansion of tissues produces a vasodilation reaction—which draws blood to areas of ischemic pain therefore raising skin temperature, promoting metabolism, flushing capillary beds, draining stagnant blood, toxins and resupplies vital nutrients
Scar tissue softens, and the restructuring of fascia can occur
Stimulation of the nervous system reflex allows for the increased rate of recovery from pain and disease
Accelerates the secretion of salts
Increases blood flow removing congestion in joints and other attachments
Facilitates excretions of lactic acids and toxins
Cleansing of the blood allows for greater circulation which is optimal for good health
Purifies blood by removing dead debris, increasing red and white blood cell activity and altering the PH chemistry of the body fluids from acidic to alkaline or neutral
Stimulates sensory nerves
Stimulation of the digestive walls of the abdominal area stimulates peristalsis and the secretion of digestive fluids
Stretching and pulling of the connective tissues allows for greater range of motion along with opening the joint capsule to loosen and release the stagnant compounds that can give arise to stiffness
Cupping can feel mildly uncomfortable or deeply pleasurable depending on the individual. Often, when a condition exists within deeper structures where sufficient pathologic factors and stagnant fluids are dredged up during treatment, discoloration will appear on the skin. This is the therapeutically desired effect—the more visible, the greater the level of stagnation and toxicity. The discoloration will fade over the next few days and can last up to two weeks. When used in a treatment series the results are cumulative. The effects of cupping can last up to 4 hours after treatment, therefore it is recommended that you take it easy for the rest of the day avoiding anything extra strenuous including the cold wind, exercise and hot showers as this can exacerbate and intensity the work performed.
Contradistinctions for Cupping: Cupping is contraindicated in cases of severe diseases, i.e. cardiac failure, renal failure, ascites due to hepato-cirrhosis and severe edema, as well as hemorrhagic diseases such as allergic purpura, hemophilia and leukemia, and clients with dermatosis, destruction of skin, or allergic dermatitis.
Information provided by International Cupping Therapy
Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.
Facial Rejuvienation w/ Cupping
We carry a lot of Lymph in our face at any one time. Using facial cups and technique I can help minimize lines, wrinkles, and puffiness with a treatment series of facial cupping.
Please note that with facial cupping it is NOT my intention to leave discolorations (as with any normal cupping session).
Orthopedic massage is a style of massage therapy focused on treating painful conditions that affect the soft tissues of the body. Because orthopedic massage is designed to treat medical conditions, it requires extensive training. It involves releasing tense muscles, helping to stretch and lengthen tight muscles and tendons, and decompress rigid joints. My goal is to restore full health to the soft tissues of your body, both treating your specific conditions as well as improving your overall well-being.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don't get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session.
Structural integration employs soft tissue manipulation with the goal of realigning the body in relationship to the force of gravity. The theory underlying structural integration asserts that often the body's connective tissue is "bound up," thus restricting opposing muscles from working independently of one another. Thus, we aim to loosen the restricted connective tissue by using a practice very similar to deep tissue massage. Practitioners typically prescribe a specific sequence of ten sessions lasting between 75 and 90 minutes in order to "unlock" the whole body.
I use cups for Lymphatic Drainage. Lymphatic Drainage Therapy aims to gently and rhythmically move the lymph through the body, especially swollen areas of the body, relieving pressure and enhancing the functioning of the immune system. As both a preventative and remedial technique, LD can be used for a wide range of purposes including faster recovery from injury, reduction of swelling and discomfort from pregnancy, and strengthened resistance to illness.
Myofascial massage is a technique used to treat injuries and discomfort, reducing pain and increasing range of motion. Myofascial massage differs from other types of massage in that it targets the fascia - the membrane surrounding muscles - rather than the muscle itself. Since fascia completely encases every muscle in the body, imbalances in the fascia can have serious effects on your range of motion and comfort level. While other forms of massage can overlook the fascia, myofascial massage focuses specifically on releasing tension in this important membrane.
Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to eliminate pain, increase range of motion, and rebalance the entire body. It does this by using massage techniques to stretch the fascia and release the bonds that exist between the fascia, muscles and bones. Fascia is the connective tissue that connects and covers all muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of the body. Direct myofascial release is sometimes known as deep tissue work. Indirect release applies light pressure and gently stretches the fascia; this allows for increased blood circulation and relief from pain.
Lomi Lomi is the Hawaiian word for "massage", and it is part of a larger native Hawaiian tradition of healing and natural body care. According to Hawaiian tradition, all living beings are seeking a state of balance and love in the world. During a Lomi Lomi session, therefore, I focus on not only relaxing your body through gentle touch, but also reviving your spirit and filling your body with the energy of love.
Please note a Lomi Lomi massage works best with minimal draping.
Please note I do not claim to be a master, I'm 4th generation taught.