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The art of cupping developed over time from the original use of hollowed animal horns to drain toxins out of snakebites and skin pustules. Horns evolved into bamboo cups, which were eventually replaced by glass. Therapeutic applications evolved with the refinement of the cup itself and with the cultures that employed cupping as a health care technique.
Our bodies are a “walking history” of our lives…. Every injury, illness, surgery and even the toxic substances that the body has been exposed to from conception forward may still be present in the tissues. The body is brilliant in its efforts to protect itself from the effects of personal history, yet the capacity is limited. The body has to store that which it cannot process and eliminate. The result is an accumulation of materials such as old medications, inflammatory agents, cellular wastes and acids in stagnant lymph fluid. Ever wonder why cellulite can be so painful to the touch?
Each body reacts uniquely to this accumulation of debris and
stagnation, and we see examples of degeneration occurring at younger ages more
than ever before. Ordinarily healthy people become fatigued and sluggish due to
the cumulative effects of their lifestyle and eventually move into the
“dis-eased” state. This may help to explain the high level of auto-immune
disorders that exist.
Think about the elements of living today such as intake of medications, acidic diets, and a high-stress/no-rest pace- all producing a constant state of inflammation. This literally “cooks” the water right out of the body tissues. How many people actually absorb the water that they drink? Water is eliminated from the lymph as well, leaving it thick and unable to flow. This internal heat also fuses the soft tissue, closing the space between layers where the lymph should move freely.
We are water-based beings. Since cells eliminate their
wastes into the interstitial fluid, which becomes part of the lymph, then what
happens when this system becomes blocked? Would not the cell and tissue
functions become sluggish, thus affecting the larger organism? What if we clear
the drainage system and create the space for lymph to flow again? This is
accomplished by the separation of tissue and the ability to carry stagnation
via the suction of the cup. This is only enhanced by the increased blood flow
that brings oxygen and nutrition to the cells and tissues, boosting all levels
of metabolism. What a significant change this is for a multitude of people!
Therapists who have explored the use of vacuum therapies in bodywork have found that the addition of suction and lifting to other massage techniques has produced radical changes for clients and for themselves. One of the most amazing aspects of this technique is the “separation” that the vacuum produces in tissue layers. This enables water absorption and renewed blood flow to undernourished and dehydrated tissue and the elimination of old waste and congestion. It has become evident that separation and drainage of fused, congested soft tissue produces an increase in tissue and systemic function and is a great catalyst for change in health.
- Deep tissue and structural issues – old injuries and chronic movement patterns
- Arthritis, Tendonitis, Bursitis
- Scarring – old, new, keloid, post-surgery
- Loose skin and old deposits from weight loss
- Lymphoedema – general and post-surgery
- Sports – injuries and post-event conditions
- Vascular issues – spider veins and varicosities
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Acid Reflux
After very few sessions, the tissues can finally absorb water and nutrition and retain a healthy moist state. This enables elimination of new wastes that can otherwise re-accumulate and cause allergies, inflammation or sensitivities. Another benefit of this technique is increased vascular integrity and stimulated collagen production to aid in toning flaccid tissue. A unique quality of these modalities is the “lifting without force.” Even when working on deep scars and adhesions, fibrous tissue, or fascia that has retained memory from incident or injury, the technique is comfortable and works very quickly.
What is the frequency of treatment?
Clients usually receive one to two treatments per week over 3-6 weeks, depending if the treatment is for scar tissue work or soft tissue work. Most clients have a positive response within the 4th-6th treatment for scar tissue work and within the 2nd-4th treatment when dealing with soft tissue work.
Is the treatment painful?
It can potentially cause minor discomfort during the course of therapy and some skin discoloration such as deep red splotches and what appears like a rash afterwards. There may also be slight cup rings in the area that was worked. This is a normal response and part of the healing process. However, this is more of a rarity as the cup is generally moving and not “sitting” on one spot.
Rings are not commonly left after a treatment but they do happen here and there, however, these are NOT bruises. Bruises spread. The marks that may be received from a MediCupping session will stay in a perfect circle or where the cup was dragged across the skin further proving that no bruising has occurred. These marks will fade as the toxins and blood pulled from within the muscles are flushed out of the system, and last on average between 1 to 4 days
After the stagnant blood/fluid is removed, better circulation is promoted and toxins are able to be filtered through the lymphatic system. Drinking water facilitates the removal of these waste products from your system.