Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which special cups are placed on your skin for a few minutes to create vasodialation (widening of the blood vessels) within underlying tissues. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) blood stasis is formed on the skin, drawing stagnant blood away from meridians that are causing pain, thus allowing the Qi to flow freely.
In traditional Chinese culture, qi or ch’i is believed to be a vital force forming part of any living entity. Qi translates as “air” and figuratively as “material energy”, “life force”, or “energy flow.”
Clients receive cupping for many purposes:
- Decreasing muscle discomfort, fascia pain and adhesions
- Relieves chronic pain patterns and conditions
- Stimulates oxygen flow
- Calms central nervous system
- Improving muscle relaxation
- Disperses stagnant blood
- Heals scar tissue
- Reduces inflammation or ‘heat’
- Promotes stress relief
- Reduces overall anxiety
- Counteracts insomnia
Static Cupping is used when the cup(s) are placed in a certain area(s) of the skin, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear vein, artery, and capillary pathways. Cupping may produce temporary discoloration of the skin, depending on the severity of the condition. Light-Medium pink equates to normal, healthy blood flow, dark purple would indicate injury or stagnant blood flow, and gray would mean smoke inhalation (camp fires, fire fighters, cigarettes).
Waste products from the deep tissues into the superficial layers of the skin, can be quickly expelled out of the body. These marks include:
- Dead lymph
- Cellular debris
- Pathogenic factors
- Poisoning factors in the blood
- Stagnant blood
Cupping Massage or “Dynamic Cupping” is used as a type of deep-tissue massage in reverse, and affect up to 4 inches into the body’s tissues. Rather than the typical deep pressure, the underlying soft tissue, or fascia is pulled into the cup, releasing precise areas of discomfort or stagnation. Cupping pools oxygenated blood to a region to stimulate healing while lymph pathways carry the toxins away. It is effective at loosening tight fascia and helps the tissues develop new blood flow.
Sherry was absolutely amazing. I am so glad I found her!! I have been experiencing upper back tightness and pain lately, working from home and not sitting in a comfy position at my desk. I usually go to my chiro in Long Beach but needed a closer one from home here. I couldn’t be more happier! I told Sherry where I was experiencing back pain and she worked the muscle groups so well and precisely! You can tell she definitely knew which muscles were tense and really massages the areas out. She also used essential oils and cupping on me, per my request, and it enhanced my relaxing experience. It was my first time cupping, and after reading the benefits, I wanted to try it. Sherry explained it all as she was doing it. It was a great addition to the massage. Definitely recommended my mom, as she’s a hair stylist and standing up all day, and her shoulders and hand joints are always in pain. I highly highly recommend going to her to let her work her magic on you too! Carolyn C.
My husband and I had a great massage with Sherry! Sherry is super friendly and makes you feel completely comfortable. She asks your preferences for essential oil scents like lavender or aloe, etc., which I appreciated. Massage was great, strong and very therapeutic. She also did some cupping on my back which I had never done before but wanting to try. Very clean facility and updated decor. Overall I would highly recommend! Kate W.