****Please read the cupping therapy contraindications list below before booking**** Cupping therapies are an adaptation of ancient practices, which are alluded to in texts dating back as early as 3000 B.C. The practice spread in its multiple forms into traditional medicine throughout Asian and European civilizations. Today even Olympic athletes incorporate cupping in to their wellness routine. This therapy utilizes glass cups and a vacuum machine to create suction on the surface of the body. These cups are moved over the skin using gliding, shaking, popping, and rotating techniques while gently pulling on the cups. Sometimes cups are parked for a short amount of time. The suction reaches deep in to the fascia structure of the body. Cupping is thought to draw blood to the affected area, reducing soreness and speeding healing of overworked muscles. Benefits can include increased lymphatic flow, joint mobilization, soft tissue release, loosening of connective tissue and increased circulation. We always suggest speaking with your medical doctor before receiving any type of bodywork and we may require a medical release if necessary.
What to expect from a cupping session:
Cup Kiss: discoloration due to blood being brought to the areas of your body where cups are applied. You may experience itching and redness due to the increased circulation. Discoloration can last for a few hours to several days.
Post session tenderness is common, but is usually less than is experienced from Deep Tissue massage.
Like massage, cupping is thought to help to stimulate the removal of waste carried out by the lymphatic and circulatory system. This can cause temporary physical effects including light-headedness, nausea and headaches. Please follow the After Session Guidelines below to reduce these effects.
After Session Guidelines:
After any bodywork session, but especially after any cupping therapy, you should drink plenty of water to help your body with its natural process to eliminate waste. Please avoid alcohol and caffeine.
Do not exercise until the following day.
Avoid extremely hot, cold, windy environments for a few hours after your session.
Avoid shaving, exfoliating, baths, showers, steam or sauna until the next day, if you must bathe use luke warm water.
Do not receive other bodywork or acupuncture for 48 hours.
PLEASE DO NOT book if you have any of the following contraindications:
Psoriasis, eczema, rosacea
Hives, herpes, shingles
Cancer diagnosis, undergoing cancer therapies
Liver or kidney illness
*****Clients who book appointments and are not able to receive the service due to presence of the above contraindications are responsible for the full session price.*****
Clients are required to fill out the Practical Massage Therapy Cupping Therapy Release form before their first cupping session, which requires initialing the following points:
All clients who book appointment with out practitioners understand that all treatments at this facility are therapeutic in nature.
All clients agree to communicate with the practitioner regarding any discomfort during sessions.
All clients who book appointments with us have read the intake form in its entirety and choose to experience cupping therapy.
All clients understand what to expect from cupping, the potential effects and have read the After Session Guidelines, therefore will not hold the practitioner or Practical Massage Therapy, LLC responsible.