****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 and/or silicone cups 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. Simply put, the use of cups allows for a stretching and opening of the tissues in the body. This lifting creates space for fluid to move and helps drain toxins and waste from the cells, then moves that waste out of the body. We always suggest speaking with your medical doctor before receiving any type of bodywork and we may require a medical release if necessary.
Relieves gastrointestinal symptoms such as stomachache/vomiting/diarrhea
Dermatological Disorders such as pigmentation imbalance
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Anxiety and insomnia
Musculo-skeletal problems: pain/spasms/cramps/tightness/numbness/ stiffness of the back and neck
Chronic gastric pain
Activates the skin and clears stretch marks and wrinkles
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 lukewarm 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 Release form before their first cupping session.* HOW TO BOOK: Book an Integrated Cupping Massage with Lauren Billings, Holly Linebaugh, or Liz Piazza Sleeth.