Glass Flame & Myofascial Cupping

PLEASE NOTE: This technique is incorporated into your remedial massage treatment and is not a treatment that is applied on its own.

please ask for cupping if you would like it included in your treatment.

Cost: Remedial Massage price.

30 minutes: $65

45 minutes: $75

60 minutes $95

90 minutes $135

Cupping is an ancient Chinese form of alternative therapy in which a local suction is created on the skin; it is believed that the drawing up of the skin and superficial muscle layers is of benefit as it mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing.

I use it in conjunction with my regular massage techniques to soften, release, and bring blood flow and Qi (energy) to the otherwise tight, immobile or stagnant area I am working on.

Once the cups are placed, they can be gently moved across the skin, I find this method beneficial as a Myofasical release technique.

When Cupping Therapy is applied to tight rotator cuff muscles, Myofascial Release is accomplished, stretching the thickened fascia away from the underlying structures, allowing for greater shoulder movement.

Cupping Therapy creates a negative pressure suction over the twisted bundles of the Trigger Points, breaking up the adhesions, painlessly and without the discomfort of force.

Cupping is much like the inverse of massage - rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. It is quite relaxing and does not hurt. The cups are generally left in place for about ten minutes, the cups can be placed to target acupuncture points, and painful areas to provide relief through pressure.

Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, trigger points, migraines, and even cellulite.

Does cupping hurt?

Cupping does not hurt and is quite relaxing. After I have applied oil and massaged the area of need, the cups will then be put in place. I use a technique called air cupping, in which a small hand-operated pump is attached to a valve on the top of the cup, a suction is formed to pull the muscle into the cup, as seen in the photos.  

The cups are left for around 10 minutes, or I may decide to massage with the cups by gliding them over the skin and muscle. The effect of the cups may cause some swelling and bruising on the skin, as the skin under a cup is drawn up, the blood vessels at the surface of the skin expand, causing small, circular bruises on the areas where the cups were applied. These bruises are usually painless, and disappear within a few days of treatment.

When cupping should not be used

There are several instances where cupping should not be performed.

  • Inflamed or open wounds on the skin.
  • Pregnant women should not have cupping on their stomach or lower back.
  • If the cups are being moved, they should not cross bony areas, such as the ridges of the spine or the shoulder blades.

Cupping when done correctly, is very beneficial for soft tissue release and relaxation.

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