Massage Cupping

What is cupping? Cupping is the therapeutic application of suction cups to the body. The most basic explanation is to call it “reverse massage.”  You may have seen it on TV, as a person wields a flame under a cup & attaches it to the body. Very popular in Asian healing cultures, it actually has been practiced by ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and more recent cultures like South America, Russia & the US. Baguanfa is the modern term for Suction Cup Therapy. Baguanfa therapies have been used by healers for more than 5,000 years & is referred to in other cultures.

As a massage therapist, I have found cupping to be one of the most effective ways to relieve muscular stress & tension. It is also one of the best ways I know to help detox the body! The process is simple, relaxing, & effective on so many levels.

Small plastic or silicone cups with an air valve are placed on the skin & a pump is used to create a vacuum. This gently pulls the skin & muscle up producing a temporary local congestion & stretching the muscles, ligaments & tendons. When the vacuum is released, your fascia (skin & connective tissue) has pulled away from the muscle & the muscle itself will have relaxed. You will also instantly notice your blood, energy, & lymph flow more vigorously through the area. Tension is released & you feel lighter.

Cupping can leave a round discoloration that looks like bruising, this is considered an expression of stuck energy or qi being released. In other words, if you get the “Badge of Healing,” it means that you needed it. The darker the Badge the more work it did to healing you. These marks usually clear within a few days. It is important to note that the discoloration is not a "bruise." A true bruise is an injury and it will feel tender to the touch and follow a distinctive color pattern of healing, from purple blue to yellowish green and then fading away. A cupping mark, which is not an injury, is caused by pulling cellular debris and dead blood cells to the surface where they can be flushed out by the lymphatic system. Cupping marks not feel tender to the touch and fade from a reddish hue to nothing at all. 

Cupping is also effective in treating menstrual cramping, bloating, constipation, rheumatoid arthritis swelling, & certain breathing conditions such as asthma or lung congestion.

One of the most effective treatments is in reducing Cellulite & Stretch Marks!

Ascension Wellness also has specialized cups that do amazing work on the face. The results can be compared to a face lift. If you have old scarring or large pores this can help as well.

What is Cupping good for?

Deep Tissue Massage – Cellulite, Scar, Stretch Marks & Varicose Vains - Myofascial Release - Lymphatic Drainage - Orthopedic Conditions - Neuromuscular Dysfunctions - Sports Massage & Injuries - Stubborn Conditions - Fybromyalgia - Trigger Point Therapy - Traumatic Injuries - Chronic Conditions -Abdominals - Reflexology - Physical Therapy - Detoxification - Facial & Facelift  Treatments - TMJD’s - General Relaxation & Wellness

Facial Baguanfa

Women in Asia, Russia and Europe have been utilizing these remarkable negative pressure facial exercises for rejuvenation and maintenance for many, many generations.

Protocols for the face use the small cups to vacuum and lift the facial tissue, mimicking the pumping movements of lymphatic drainage. It is a manual method that replicates the effects of equipment currently in use in most of the top aesthetic establishments.

This procedure alone can be done in a few minutes, or can compliment a longer facial protocol for ultimate results.

The benefits include increased local circulation of the skin, increased nutrients brought to the epidermis, and enhanced absorption of facial topicals. The drainage of stagnant fluids from reservoir areas will reduce edema and chronic puffiness.

Lines, wrinkles and will plump whereas scar tissue will soften from the negative pressure, making it an exceptionally powerful and surprisingly relaxing enhancement to advanced facial treatments.

The muscles of the face benefit greatly from the reduction of tension and tightness, releasing expression lines and loosening rigid muscles associated with TMJ disorders.

Sinus infections and inflammation are also directly relieved by the loosening and draining effects of the cups – many times resolving issues that many sufferers commonly turned to more radical procedures to correct.

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