DEEP TISSUE CUPPING

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WHY CHOOSE DEEP TISSUE CUPPING?

Cups have been used in healing for hundreds of years.  People most recently began rediscovering the benefits of cupping after Michael Phelps in the Rio Olympics in 2016 had unusual circular marks on his shoulders.  The explanation? Cupping therapy. 

Cupping is an ancient Chinese medicine that continues to be used today.  One of the oldest medical  textbooks describing the Egyptian use of cupping dating back to 3500 years ago. 

Today, I work with silicone cups to release the congestion that builds up.  

I take a gentle approach using cups, where I tune into your body’s needs by being responsive to each movement, stoke and being present to your body’s rhythm. A vacuum is created resulting in increased circulation to the skin.  As I glide the cups across your skin, your parasympathetic nervous system engages and allows for deep relaxation throughout your entire body, slowing your heart rate, assisting in digestion, and increasing intestinal activity.

Cupping not only works on a physical level allowing the body to feel free but also in creating space for emotional clearing.  

The marks that appear on the surface of the skin after cupping and the length of time it lasts is a direct indication of the amount of congestion in the tissues.  While the discolouration remains the body is still clearing.

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According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), cupping is done to dispel stagnation (stagnant blood and lymph), thereby improving qi (energy) flow”

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology 1997.

BENEFITS OF CUPPING

As our skin is our largest organ, cupping gives your body a boost in releasing toxins and improving lymphatic flow. 

Increased circulation : Blood flow is the body’s way of naturally healing. Increased blood flow helps to repair muscle fibers, tissues and ligaments and relaxes tight stiff muscles.

Reduces stretch marks and scars. I have worked with clients demonstrating the positive effects of cupping on scars and stretch marks, reducing the appearance of scars and dispersing deeply held congestion in old injuries or due to surgery.  

Sedates our nervous system : Cupping wakes the body up, making you feel invorigated and at the same time sedating your nervous system.  

Creates space between the surface of the body and deep tissue layers to allow blood, fluid and qi to flow freely.  Emotions which need to be expressed but have been suppressed will also be “moved” by this treatment.

Chinese medicine practitioners usually use cupping at the very beginning of the common cold. By placing the cups on the upper back allows for stimulation of the nerves creating healing of the respiratory system.

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