Negative pressure massage using silicone cups to create a partial vacuum- creating space and intending to separate the layers of skin, fascial webbing, and individual muscles to allow for smoother movement and less friction with movement- allowing better range of movement with less pain or ache.
Cupping draws blood to the local area- increasing blood flow through the tissue as well as mobilizing metabolic waste for better circulation through the tissues (hydration post-sessions is key!)
About the Cups:
I chose to use silicone cups to allow for stationary longer holds,
as well as gliding technique to address the fascia in it's entirety as a sheet covering the body (think of tugging at one edge of your knit sweater effecting the entirety of the sweater).
Silicone cups are easy to sterilize and clean, make it difficult to overtreat a client, and are most accommodating with allowing suction along bones without it hurting (think glass pressed up to bone with suction- probably not cozy).
My training advised stationary cups to be left in place for 2-5 minutes.
Depending on the degree of flushing and the quality of circulation on the tissue, treatment will result in either only a slight reddening of the skin, or a red to purple looking mark. The degree and quality of the cupping mark depends on the strength of the suction in the cup, the amount of local blood circulation, and the amount of metabolic waste in the area.
The degree of marking is also dependent on skin type.
The increase in local blood flow creates a red appearance, which can appear pronounces the longer the blood is drawn to the targeted area, and dependent on lack of circulation to the area prior to the cupping session.
Dark blood is a sign of heat with decreased blood flow, which in many cases demonstrates injury and inflammation with heat.
Cupping can be used on varicose veins, lightly. Cupping has been demonstrated to be effective in the following conditions: Arthritic Pain (creating heat and movement in joints), Headaches (drawing blood down and away), Common Cold/Bronchitis (contraindicated for fever), Asthma (chest and midback tension), Back Pain (light over kidneys and contraindication of disc herniation), Scar Tissue (3 months post-injury; with scar then zigzag; keloid contraindicated, Edema and Swelling (pitted edema and diabetic neuropathy contraindicated), Aches, Pains, Limited and Painful Movement.
-Cupping tends to be intense initially, then dissipate.
Cupping should not be *painful and can be lessened at any time
-Excessive body hair can make it hard for the cups to keep constant suction
-Facial cupping includes lighter gliding technique or stationary light suction over TMJ area which may easily result in light marking
-Allergy to Silicone?
-Blood Thinner for history of DVT/Blood Clotting?
-Insulin/Steroid/Pain/Botox Injection Site?
-Disc Herniation/Bulging Disc?
-Spray Tan/Sunburn/Existing Cupping Marks?
-Lymphedema affected limb/Lymphatic Blood Cancer?
Pregnant? We won't cup lower back or abdomen
I soap scrub, Sporox soak overnight, then air-dry cups between each use.
I use Sporox (hydrogen peroxide 7.5% dilution)
which is anti-microbial, anti-sporicidal, and anti-fungal.
High level disinfection takes 30 minutes of soaking which is acceptable
(kills bacteria and viruses but not a number of bacterial spores),
but sterilization is confirmed with 6+hours of Sporox soak,
which is my procedure.
'The Cupping Revolution' Training: I attended a 2-day, 16-hour training
and took unpaid time off for the $500 course.
Cup Inventory: I bought 48 cups for $300.
Cup Sterilization: Sporox cost is $45 every 3 weeks, ongoing.
Include Cupping in your session for $10!
Upgrade your session to include cupping for $10 to cover my investment and overhead cost, the added benefits and customized session, as well as compensate for the cleaning and sterilization time.
One set of cups is included in a cupping session,
and can be upgraded to use two sets of cups to be more efficient
and cover more muscle for $5 more!
Anatomy and Kinesiology (my university education):
The scientific study of the human body and it's movements-
with the muscles and bone attachments
seen as a system of levers and pulleys.
Your body has a foundation,
and all movement and postures you've habitually maintained- whether active or passive-
have created a level of tensity
and contracted/overly stretched state
of your muscles/fascia from the
perspective of gravitational force
on the planes of your body
(front/back, side/side, and upper/lower).
Frequent durations of habitual postures or movements worth analyzing include the way you sit, drive, walk, exercise, work, and sleep.
Fascia: A band or sheet of connective tissue, primarily collagen, covering your body beneath the skin that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs. Of a gelatinous composition- which can be physically influenced by sustained pressure/heat (massage compression!)
Deep Tissue Sculpting: A type of bodywork (deep tissue massage) characterized by firm, constant compression and strokes applied parallel to the muscle fibers. This is the foundation of my work-
with the Intention of stripping and reorganizing all of the muscle fibers into alignment- like threads of yarn which have gotten tangled!
Trigger Point Therapy: Trigger point "knots" are described as hyperirritable spots in the skeletal muscle associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. Firm, constant pressure to these points intend to lessen the tension and reorganize the fibers into alignment for proper individual muscular fiber movement. During the process of Deep Tissue Sculpting, we're bound to find these significant, achy spots- these are like clumps of glue your body has produced to ensure the muscle doesn't completely tear from overstretching or Intentional tearing from working out (scar tissue).
Structural Integration (Rolfing Technique): Structural integration is a soft tissue approach to re-establishing natural alignment. 'When a body is aligned in gravity it works properly'. Structural Integration aligns and balances the body by releasing fascial adhesions built up over time. This allows muscles to move more efficiently and the body to return to its optimal posture after strain, poor posture and injuries. This modality works best without oil applied- just sustained, Intention-based pressure in the direction of muscular insertion to attachment (in most cases, proximal to distal- close to far). Like riding a wave while surfing- this style takes time for the body to allow the practitioner to move while compressed. It's not about forcing the movement, but waiting for the tissues to soften, warm, unarm.
Thai Compressions: Compressions are direct applications of pressure into a muscle, usually against underlying bone. It has long-lasting results that include muscular softening and lengthening; muscles are flushed with interstitial stasis reduced; released histamines dilate capillaries with increased cellular nutrition; muscles fire faster collagen production increased; fascia is rejuvenated and becomes more elastic with better circulation; range of motion is increased; and pain is lessened or eliminated. Friction can also be used while in compression with the Intention of loosening the Fascial webbing (used in Melt foam rolling method).
Active Release Therapy: Soft tissue method that focuses on relieving tissue tension via the removal of fibrosis/adhesions which can develop in tissues as a result of overload due to repetitive use. This may lead to muscular weakness, numbness, aching, tingling and burning sensations. Deep compression is used directly at the area of tenderness while the muscles are moved either actively or passively, allowing the muscles to realign and lengthen.
Swedish/Circulatory: Long, vertical and circular strokes, kneading the surface and slightly deeper muscles to assist circulation by increasing oxygenation in the bloodstream, consequently flushing out toxins and soothing tense, sore muscles and promoting relaxation, increasing circulation, and reducing stress. More area can be treated, but less pressure is used to glide in a faster, softer massage.
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Room Temp? Warm or Cool
Table Heat? On or Off
Hot Towels? Yes or No
Music? Instrumental or Vocal
Coconut Oil is used in place of generic massage oil!
If for any reason you need another massage oil/cream/lotion please bring it with you to your appointment.
Aromatherapy is included in your session
as a complimentary upgrade!
I use diffusers so that the Ivy Room and Relaxation Lounge lightly smell of lavender. During your session I add aromatherapy to the coconut oil.
Please let me know if you'd like to exclude Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint, or Eucalyptus.
Anatomy and Kinesiology Based:
Structural Integration (Rolfing) / MyoFascial Cupping / Deep Tissue Sculpting / Trigger Point
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