The most commonly offered type of massage. It is ideal for overall relaxation and health maintenance. This style of massage combines long, gliding strokes, kneading of individual muscles, and friction techniques. It uses a firm, but gentle pressure to help improve circulation, ease muscle aches and tension, improve flexibility, and facilitates relaxation.
Designed to access the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue placing emphasis on stretching short muscles. These techniques are generally designed for more focused massage work by slowly sinking through superficial layers of tissue. Clients are often asked to actively engage in the process by slowly moving to positions that help stretch muscles and joints to facilitate a slow, ease in release of tension. As a result, this helps decrease pain in the body.
A glass or plastic cup is positioned over the treatment area and a vacuum (negative pressure) is created, stretching the underlying tissues upward. The negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, sedate the nervous system and promote the healing of a broad range of medical ailments.
Cupping is one of the best deep-tissue therapies available. Benefits include releasing rigid soft tissue, draining excess fluids and toxins, loosening adhesions, lifting connective tissue and bringing blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles. It is thought to affect tissues up to four inches deep.
Cupping Therapy withdraws stagnant blood from the tissues by expanding the blood vessels. Sometimes painless discolored circles are left behind as a reflection of the stagnation of the area being treated. These are NOT bruises because the negative pressure does not break capillaries. These discolorations will dissipate within a few hours, and in some cases, as long as 2-weeks.
• Relieves stress and promotes an overall feeling of relaxation
• Alleviates pain and tension, and helps you manage pain better
• Decreases inflammation
• Promotes speedy recovery from injuries
• Increases mobility, provides more joint flexibility
• Improves circulation
• Improves and strengthens immune system
• Relieves musculoskeletal problems and improves posture
• Reduces anxiety and promotes an overall feeling of well-being
• Increases body awareness