Stationary & Moving Cupping.
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By creating suction and negative pressure, Cupping is used to drain excess fluids and toxins, loosen adhesions, lift connective tissue, and bring blood flow to muscles and skin. Techniques using cups greatly enhance many of our massage and bodywork treatments and or this style may be done on its own.
The two main techniques of Cupping are called Stationary and Moving Cups. As shown above, Stationary Cups are placed on the skin and left for a five to twenty minute period. Stationary Cupping is often used on both adults and children in the home to relieve chest congestion associated with colds and asthmatic conditions or for focal areas of elevated tension such as shoulder pain. Moving Cups are generally used in conjunction with Lymphatic Drainage, viscerally to help movement with the organs or in our Body Sculpting treatment to help smooth cellulite.
There is no compression in a Cupping Treatment except when incorporating manual, hands on compression utilizing Deep Tissue Massage techniques. Although the Stationary Cuppingâ€™s after-marks look painful, they are not. Clients usually feel an immediate sense of relief.
What to Expect with Marking, Bruising and Discoloration
(Applicable to Stationary Cups)
The most common misunderstanding regarding one of the most powerful and beneficial after effects of Cupping, is the marks that sometimes result.
Generally a Stationary Cup is left on the skin for 10 minutes and can cause a purple bruise-like mark to remain, if the stagnation was caused by blood. These marks last anywhere from several hours to 2 weeks and leave no remaining signs afterwards. The vacuum formed by Cupping draws up the old, non-circulating stagnant blood and sticky fluids from the area to the surface and away from any injury so that healthy free circulation can be restored to the affected area, thus making space for oxygen, living cells and nutrients for faster recovery. Stationary Cups leave marks in areas indicative of stagnation or disease that has now been moved from the deeper tissue layers to the surface.
In the United States, where Allopathic Medicine still overshadows wholistic, natural approaches, these surface discolorations are misinterpreted as damage rather the result of debilitating agents being drawn to the surface.
The color and pattern of the marks depend on the level of stagnation in the area, and range from a bright red to dark purple, usually lasting 3 days to a week â€“ sometimes longer if the person is very sick or sedentary. If there is not stagnation present, there will be only a light pink mark which disappears in a few minutes to a couple of hours. Areas where there is old trauma or injury may require multiple Cupping treatments to remove all stagnation. The marks will be visibly lighter and lighter as the pathogens are systemically removed from the body and flushed out via the bodyâ€™s own circulatory systems, expulsion from the pores and sweat.
Even though each time the Stationary Cups may focus on the same area, for the same duration, and with the same amount of suction, the markings will be lighter and lighter. This action is clearly the result of having internal, unwanted toxins systematically purged.
If there is a concern about discolor, Stationary Cupping may not be for you.
PS â€“ Sweating is a great after treatment follow up.
2008 Bejing Olympic Games
The chemicals used in the pools that these athletes train and compete in for many hours every day is toxic. Stationary Cupping draws these toxins out the body which would otherwise lead to stagnation, blood poison, pain and dysfunction. Many athletes turn to cupping on a regular basis to detoxify and enhance their performance.
CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR CUPPING
Ascites due to Hepato-Cirrhosis
Hemorrhagic diseases such as allergic pupura
Where hernia exists or has occurred in the past
For Pregnant Women: the lower abdomen, medial leg and lumbo-sacral region should be avoided.
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