Updated: Oct 20
When you first think of massage, most picture a therapist's hand and or tool compressing and digging into your tissues, utilizing positive pressure. Cupping is one of the most unique tactics that massage has to offer by utilizing negative pressure instead of positive. Forming a suctioning effect, cupping can draw metabolic toxins and element build-up from the tissues and aid circulation by uplifting the fascial restrictions- otherwise known as adhesions.
Cupping has its origins in ancient Chinese, Egyptian and Middle Eastern cultures that date back as early as 1550 B.C. Throughout its timeline, cupping has been accomplished in a variety of methods such as utilizing hollow horns or tusks from animals for cups, or lightly puncturing the skin before cupping to draw out blood, a tactic known as bloodletting. Some cultures used fire to consume the oxygen in the cup before applying to the skin to draw up the tissues or use a manual pump for a vacuum effect. The cups are applied through moving techniques, or by being placed strategically at specific points, and allowing them to stand for a certain amount of time has different effects.
Cupping can be thought of as a sort of reverse deep tissue massage. Cupping has many benefits such as providing a detox effect, a circulation aid, and adhesion reliever. The markings left by the cups allow for a great diagnostic tool to assess the type of release as the different colors point to different release properties. The suctioning of the cups produces a nice stretch to the fascia which can relieve adhesions and promote circulation to tight muscles.
As grand as cupping sounds, it isn't for everyone. Individuals with blood clotting disorders such as deep vein thrombosis, as well as bleeding disorders with hemophilia and skin conditions like eczema can be a contraindication for this method of massage.
If you have never experienced cupping before and are an appropriate candidate for this kind of treatment, then it is a must have for the body. The benefits this modality can bring are extraordinary and one of a kind in the massage world. If you're in need of a massage therapist, then look no further than Jade Oasis Wellness. Our therapists are trained in the art of negative pressure and understand how to apply this force to relieve stress, promote wellness and sooth the body into relaxation.
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