The Massage Fix
MediCupping technique uses a modern vacuum machine to create negative pressure inside a polycarbonate or stemmed glass bell shaped cup. This therapy is used to soften tight muscles, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, bring hydration and blood flow to body tissues, and drain excess fluids and stagnant waste by opening lymphatic pathways. MediCupping bodywork is fun and result-oriented, and the treatment feels great!
Firstly, it feels marvelous. The sensation is difficult to describe because most people have no frame of reference for what it's like to have tension literally be lifted away. Most people know what it's like to be squished and pressed by a massage therapist, a loved one, or even by your own hands trying to dig in and release painful areas. The massage cup does the opposite by gently lifting and releasing those tight areas. The cups can release problem areas much faster than traditional massage techniques. This allows more to be accomplished in a session, and often long-standing issues can be resolved in a single treatment. Additionally the effects are cumulative, meaning the progress from one treatment is built upon by the one that follows it. Applications for this technique include body contouring, cellulite, and detoxification; presurgical preparation and post surgery recovery; detoxification and substance recovery; chronic pain relief, and increased sports performance. Conditions that have responded to MediCupping therapy include colon disorders, edema, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, cellulite, nervous tension and many more.
This technique is used safely on children, adults, and elderly persons. While MediCupping should never be painful, or even uncomfortable, this is still an intense therapy and its impact on the body systems is significant. In particular, the elderly, children, persons with diabetes, and those on blood thinners should be treated gently. After any MediCupping session it is important to avoid excessive heat or cold, and sufficient hydration is required to facilitate elimination. A complete assessment of specific conditions at the time of treatment must be taken into consideration by the practitioner.
The first thing to know is that the discoloration that can occur from cupping is NOT bruising. Bruising is caused by impact trauma leading to broken capillaries and tissue injury. There is no compression or breakage of blood vessels in cupping therapy. Cupping marks are the result of stagnant waste from the underlying tissues being pulled up to the underside of the surface of the skin. Additionally, there is a "marked" difference between Traditional Chinese cupping therapy, and MediCupping therapy. The dark purple circles that have been seen on prominent figures such a Olympic athletes and Hollywood celebrities are from the Traditional Chinese Medicine approach to cupping. In TCM the marks that are left behind are part of the desired result, and occur because the cups are left in place for up to 5 minutes or more. MediCupping technique focuses primarily on keeping the cup in motion as a part of the massage flow. While cups may still be used in stationary positions, and marks can come up whether the cup is moving or not, MediCupping can be done without producing discoloration. When marks do occur they indicate the release of intense stagnation in the area. It most frequently occurs where there are areas of chronic imbalance, repetitive stress, scar tissue, or even decades old injury. Any marks that occur will dissipate anywhere between a few hours and a few days; It is also unlikely that the mark will re-occur in the same area once all the waste there has been cleared.
First you'll have a consultation discussing your needs and concerns, then you'll be left in privacy to disrobe and get on the massage table. After applying a generous amount of oil to facilitate gliding, the therapist will place the cup on the area to be treated. A vacuum is then created, either by using a handheld pumping mechanism, or by turning on a electric cupping machine, and the pressure will be adjusted slowly to your comfort level. The sensation is amazing, often experienced as a deep warmth and tingling sensation that lasts long after the session has ended. Because this technique is sedating to the nervous system people will often descend into a profound state of relaxation. In the first session you may only receive 10 to 15 minutes of cupping, as it is possible to overwhelm the body by doing too much. In subsequent sessions you may work up to longer blocks of cupping, but it will usually not be more than 30 minutes, so you can still enjoy all the traditional massage techniques used during a standard massage. After the session has ended you will experience, along with reduced or eliminated pain, a warmth and greater range of motion in the treated area. After your appointment it Is important to avoid extreme heat or cold, strenuous workouts, steam, saunas, or hot tubs for at least the next 6 hours. If you have any cupping marks, they will gradually fade over the next few days. It is normal to be sleepy or have an increased appetite in the hours afterward, and of course it's very important to drink plenty of water to facilitate flushing of waste and toxins that may have been loosened.