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Cupping aka Decompression Therapy

What is Decompression Therapy and who would benefit from it?

Cupping also known as Decompression Therapy Massage uses specialized silicon cups to create negative pressure that helps release muscle tension and adhesions, increase metabolic response, improve circulation, increase range of motion, and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways. Also, this therapy lifts connective tissue allowing fresh blood flow to be delivered to stagnant muscles and skin.

Decompression Therapy is known to help with:
-reducing mental fatigue
-sports injuries 
-reducing scar tissue
-pre surgery prepping
-post surgery recovery


What would a session entail?

The session will begin with me warming up the tissues with Swedish techniques transitioning into using these silicon cups that are moved over the skin using gliding, shaking, 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. This suction reaches deep into the soft tissue, attachments and organs. Hands on therapy will also be utilized throughout the massage to increase therapeutic effect. 


During the session, the client will be undressed and covered by a sheet while lying comfortably faced down on a massage table with your head in a u-shaped head rest and face up. The practitioner will perform the massage using massage oil, and only uncover the portion of your body they are working on.


Q: "What are the red marks you get after the treatment?"

A: Where there is dead, static blood, lymph, cellular debris, and toxins present in the body, Cupping can leave marks which indicates that the stagnation has been moved from the deeper tissue layers to the surface. It’s important to understand that the red circular marks left behind by the cups are NOT bruises. They very rarely hurt. Bruises are caused by impact trauma that breaks capillaries in the injured area. But there is NO compression or impact trauma when cupping is done correctly. In fact, cupping does the opposite. 

The marks usually last between three to seven days, depending on the patient's physical activity, the number of toxins released during the session, and how much water the patient drinks afterward. The discoloration ranges from a deep purple to a dark red. If the person receiving cupping sweats a lot daily, or if there is little to no stagnation in the area, the mark may only be a light pink color and can disappear within the day.

Q:"What does Cupping feel like?"

A: The sensation is truly indescribable, often experienced as deep warmth and a tingling sensation lasting long after the treatment has ended. The action on the nervous system is sedating, and people will often descend into a deep state of relaxation. The suction may feel tight at first (not painful) while it draws your skin up into the cup. That sensation passes quickly as your therapist moves on to place the next cup.

Any other question feel free to contact me and I'd be happy to answer!

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