Theres a new homeopathic technique making the rounds in the massage therapy field - Chinese Cupping. Although this procedure itself sounds and looks a bit odd, those who have undergone it say they have never felt better. Trained therapists claim it draws toxins out of bodies, decreases consistent pain, increases blood flow, and best of all, can reduce cellulite in some body parts.
Massage practitioner Elizabeth Gonzalez says the earliest record of cupping is in the Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest medical textbooks in the world. It refers to Cupping among the Egyptians in 1550 B.C.
Chinese Cupping therapy suctions, or vacuums, sections of the bodys meridian system through glass or plastic cups and a handpump that applies negative pressure. The procedure lasts anywhere from five to 25 minutes. Cupping is designed for anyone as young at 10 to 100 years old, and can be done anywhere on the body.
To best describe the benefits, Gonzalez compares it to a reversed deep tissue because it lifts layers of the skin tissue from the muscle and tackles any existing inflammation. Through suction and negative pressure, massage cupping releases rigid soft tissue; drains excess fluids and toxins; loosens adhesions scar tissue and lifts connective tissue; and brings blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles. On a deeper therapeutic level, this nervous system sedation is beneficial for those with high blood pressure, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, chronic headaches, fibromyalgia and neuralgia.
I have one client who had a fatty tissue spot - bigger than a golf ball- for over 40 years, and with a few sessions it has gone down to almost nothing, Gonzalez said. I had another client who had no feeling throughout his arm and hand, and when we were done, he had 75 percent feeling back. Another client says she is now pain free in her back for the first time in a long time. Cupping may not be a sure fix for every problem, but if it works, its better than taking pills or undergoing surgery.
The skin that is directly cupped can look red and sore after, but Gonzalez said this is a false impression. The procedure is painless, and the marks will dissipate in two days to two weeks depending on how long and deep the cupping went. The action on the nervous system is sedating, and Gonzalez says people often fall into a deep state of relaxation.
The sensation is truly beyond description. People have often reported a deep warmth and tingling sensation long after the treatment has ended. For patients that suffer from conditions such as fibromyalgia or arthritis, cupping massage may help to provide some relief. It draws the inflammation out from deep in the tissues to be released. The skin can turn red indicating that circulation has been brought to the surface.
Gonzalez offers Cupping for $30 for 25 minutes and $55 for 50 minutes. For more information, call her at (618) 243-5458.