What is Cupping Therapy?
Negative Pressure, or suction, is used to rapidly facilitate rigid soft tissue release, loosen & lift connective tissue, break up and drain stagnation while increasing blood & lymph flow to the skin & muscles in ways not possible using compression techniques.
Simply put, the use of cups allows for a stretching and opening of the tissues in the body. This lifting creates space for fluid to move and helps drain toxins and waste from the cells; than moves that waste out of the body.
Types of Cups Used at 5 Points Wellness
Baguanfa Silicone Cups
Uses: Dynamic cupping, Massage Cupping, Pedi-Cupping, Thai Massage Cupping.
These are versitile cups that can be used on all areas of the body (except the face) and should only be used by a trained Cupping Therapist. They are amazing at stretching and lifting the tissue, but are made to be able to stay on while the body is in motion. Why is it important that the cups stay in place with motion? Well, this allows for a deeper pin and stretch for the muscles and tissues surrounding the muscles. Great with Plantar Fascitis and Frozen Shoulder.
KhangZhu Cupping Set
Uses: Dynamic Cupping, Traditional Cupping, Biomagnetic Cupping, Cupping for Cellulite, Lymphatic Drainage, Abdominal Cupping... etc.
Cleverly designed to incorporate multiple traditional therapies producing remarkable results! They have the same uses as the traditional glass cups, only there is no need for fire, making the massage room a safer environment. They work wonderfully to help reduce and practically elimintae Cellulite! And, when used on the abdominals (stomach) helps the digestive system to work more efficiently.
Earthspa Bells & Belletasse Sets
Uses: Cupping for the Neck and Face
These hand blown glass cupping sets are made specifically for facial and neck work. They create a smooth feel and the bulb helps to create the right amount of suction for the delicate tissue of the face and neck. How wonderful to be able to get a chemical free face lift? Weekly or bi-weekly treatments can help to eliminate wrinkles and lines and help you look years younger without the use of harsh chemicals or peels.
Warning: These are best used by a trained professional who understands the delicacy of facial tissue and the veins and nerves of the face and neck.
Benefits of Cupping
Contraindications (reasons not to receive cupping therapy or to seek doctor approval)
Cupping is contraindicated in cases of severe diseases, such as cardiac failure, renal failure, ascites due to hepato-cirrhosis and severe edema, as well as hemorrhagic diseases such as allergic pupura, hemophilia and leukemia, and clients with dermatosis, destruction of skin, or allergic dermatitis.
Cupping should not be applied on an area where a hernia exists or has occurred in the past.
For pregnant women, work on the lower abdomen, inner side of the leg and sacral (tail bone) region should be avoided. Also, if you have never received a cupping treatment, you should wait until the 2nd trimester to receive your first treatment.
If you are unsure whether or not a condition you have may be contraindicated, please first consult your doctor.
Cupping Therapy affects the body the same as a deep tissue massage. You may experience Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness that will be akin to a long hard workout. However, the feel of cupping is not as intense as deep tissue massage. Thanks to the nature of negative pressure therapy, the work is deep without being painful although occasionally it can be uncomfortable. Remember to check in with your therapist to make sure the therapy is within your personal comfort level.
If you are on blood thinners, are a hemophiliac, diabetic, or have high or low blood pressure, shorter, lighter techniques are recommended and must be used for your overall wellness. Those with low blood pressure should warn the therapist ahead of time as you'll need extra time to rest before rising after a treatment and accomodations will need to be made.
You must sign a release form to receive cupping therapy. I ask that you read it before booking an appointment.