Cupping or Decompression Massage Services and F.A.Q.'s
What is cupping?
Cupping is one of the oldest medicinal practices in the world. It has been utilized by many cultures for centuries due to its amazing healing abilities. Cupping practices can differ, but my services are contemporary in nature and also dry (meaning we do not puncture the surface of the skin to draw blood.) The ultimate goal of the cupping therapy I offer is create suction to lift soft tissue, create space, and detoxify. This technique can affect tight muscles and fascia, compressed nerves and capillaries, and release stagnant blood and toxins trapped in muscle tissue to be filtered back through the circulatory system, making it an excellent compliment to any detox program.
What is massage cupping?
Massage cupping utilizes cupping and movement. In standard cupping, we leave the cups standing alone on the body for a predetermined amount of time. In massage cupping the cups are moved on the surface of the skin, much like a regular massage. But again, we are lifting the tissue through suction, not compressing it.
Should I get static cupping or massage cupping?
Each offers different benefits that can be discussed when coming up with a treatment plan specific to you.
What are the benefits of cupping?
Cupping benefits skin, muscles, circulatory system, nervous system, digestive system, and joints by lifting collapsed capillaries, creating space for impinged nerves, increasing circulation and lymph drainage, and stretching fascia. These are just some of the benefits from cupping.
Is this a whole treatment or an add on to a massage?
It can be either. Some people like to come in for cupping only, and some like to add it to their massage. It also depends on the goal of treatment. This is a question that can best be answered during a consultation. However, please note that if it is to be added to a massage the cupping will be applied to the designated area AFTER it has already been massaged as we do not want to compress tissue that has been previously decompressed.
Does it hurt?
Much like a traditional massage, everyone has their preference as to the strength their practitioner uses. Some like a firm touch, while others prefer a more gentle approach. It all depends on personal preference and communication with your practitioner. But cupping should feel good, like a release. If you feel any pinching that is probably a good sign that the cup is on too tight. At this point let your practitioner know and they should readjust the degree of suction to your comfort level.
What should I expect during a treatment?
It depends on what your goals are. Because I treat the individual, each treatment plan will be different. We will discuss what will happen in your session should you decide that cupping sounds right for you.
Why does cupping cause my skin to turn purple or red?
This is usually in relation to a cup that has been left stagnant, or sitting, on the skin for a predetermined amount of time. This discoloration, contrary to popular belief, is not a bruise. This is a discoloration of the skin due to the deoxygenated blood that has been left stagnant in your muscles due to collapsed capillaries from muscle tension, and toxins being raised to the surface to be refiltered through your circulatory system. Usually, the more toxicity and stagnation in a person’s body, the darker the discoloration will appear. These can last anywhere from 24 hours to 2 weeks. Not everyone will see a discoloration and some discoloration might be faint. Everyone reacts differently. However, usually this discoloration does not occur in massage cupping where the cups are being moved across the surface of the skin.
Who should NOT get cupping and what are the contraindications?
- While pregnant women can receive cupping under certain conditions, Bodhi Massage does not provide this service for those expecting.
- skin that is sunburned, ruptured, ulcerated or inflamed, or during acute stages of psoriasis, eczema, or rosacea
- if you have an outbreak of hives, herpes, or shingles
- if you easily bleed
- if you have liver or kidney functional illness
- cardiopathy (diseases of the heart)
- 3d Varicosities,
- systemic cancers
- recent surgical incisions
- broken bones
- slipped discs
- organ failure
- those undergoing cancer therapies
- IF YOU HAVE A PACEMAKER OR HEARING AID PLEASE LET THE PRACTITIONER KNOW. Some cupping techniques use magnets.
Can’t anyone give me a cupping session? Can't I just do it to myself?
Only licensed practitioners allowed to manipulate soft tissue are legally allowed to cup another person. This includes but is not limited to acupuncturists, massage therapists, and physical therapists. While massage therapists could perform cupping without any formal training, it is unwise to have cupping done by ANYONE who has not been formally educated and is not certified for your own safety. This includes yourself and I can not personally teach you how to cup yourself.
Where on your body can you be cupped?
Almost anywhere, as long as it is not near an artery as we do not want to divert blood flow.
What can I do to prepare for my cupping session?
Please do not shave or exfoliate the area at least 4 hours prior to receiving a cupping session. It is also a good idea to eat and hydrate beforehand.
What should I do/expect after my treatment?
It is recommended that you stay warm and dry and do not perform any strenuous activity 4-6 hours after your treatment. You should also hydrate, hydrate, hydrate as you will be detoxing. People can feel "flu like" and draggy after receiving a treatment because of the detoxing process, and water (along with clean green juices) will help you process out the toxins faster. This means you should also steer clear of caffeine and alcohol as they can overtax the liver during this process. As stated above you could also experience "discoloration" on the areas that were cupped depending on how your particular body/immune system reacts. Please refer.
(Please note: It is recommended that you receive no more than a 15 min treatment if this is your first time to ever try cupping.)
Add on to Massage (no extra time added) - $10
Add on to Massage (15 min added)- $20
Add on to Massage (30 min added)-$40
Stand Alone Cupping Treatment 15 min- $30
Stand Alone Cupping Treatment 30 min- $55