THE ART OF MEDICUPPING™
(aka Massage Cupping™, TheraCupping™ & VacuTherapies™)
All VacuTherapies™ (cupping) seek to
soften tight muscles
lift connective tissues
bring hydration and blood flow to tissues
drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways.
VacuTherapies™ provide a wonderful bridge to the medical community, with special applications for pre- and post-surgery conditions, chiropractic and orthopedic work, conditions associated with Diabetes, Parkinson’s, Fibromyalgia, and much more. Results are fast and comfortable for the client and practitioner, and noticeably impressive to medical professionals.
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 as well as the elimination of old waste and congestion.
Along with the substantial health benefits of clearing old debris, the use of suction is invaluable in releasing soft tissue, scars and restricted fascia. Sports professionals are benefitting from the ease of recovery from injury or surgery and an increase in athletic performance, and major league sports teams are utilizing the therapy.
MediCupping™ uses a machine to create the suction and pumping movements that are normally done with manual vacuum pistols, to create a soothing, consistent and effective treatment without strain on the therapist or client. As an adjunct therapy to chiropractic manipulations, medical protocols and surgical recovery, MediCupping™ therapy accelerates patient progress … leading to happy clients and increased referrals from medical professionals!
One experience will leave you asking … “Why didn’t someone show me this before?”
How does MediCupping™ work?
Medicupping therapy utilizes glass or plastic cups and a vacuum machine to create suction on the body surface. These cups are moved over the skin to facilitate joint mobilization or soft tissue release. This suction reaches deep into the soft tissue, attachments, and other organs, and also elicits a sedating effect on the nervous system. This technique produces a “separation” of tissue layers, enabling water absorption and renewed blood flow to reach undernourished and dehydrated tissue. MediCupping™ is a pleasant, gentle, and non-invasive technique that achieves powerful results. The suction level can range from very light (almost unnoticeable) to very heavy depending on the clients tolerance and the level of tissue needing to be reached.
We use the MC600 MediCupping™ machine, manual cups and acupressure magnets to erase pain & dysfunction; bringing your body back to a natural health state with Lymphatic Drainage, Deep Tissue and Fascial Release.
How does MediCupping™ feel?
The sensation is truly indescribable, often experienced as deep warmth and a tingling sensation lasting long after the treatment has ended. The action on the nervous system is sedating and people will often descend into a profound state of relaxation. People often report that the experience stayed with them longer than most treatments, and the speed with which these therapies effect change in texture of the tissue is truly amazing. When used in a treatment series, the results are cumulative. Yet even in a single treatment, a long-term physical issue may be resolved. Applications for these techniques include body contouring, scar tissue treatment, pre-surgery prepping and post-surgery recovery (face and body), and more. Conditions that have responded well include edema, cellulite, spider veins and varicosities, weight loss issues, and many more.
PAIN IS NOT NECESSARY for MediCupping™ to work properly. We often start by heating and gently clearing the closest lymph node to the area we are working on. Then we begin with a gentle suction-release technique to free the “stuck” layers before we raise the suction or glide. Once we reach the level of being able to glide through a section of tissue, we know the layers are free and misplaced “dirty fluid” will be headed out of the body. If we didn’t do this you would feel pain or pinching that would have no benefit to you.
What are the benefits of MediCupping™?
Cupping is not an irritant to the skin or body. It draws the inflammation out, yet does not add to it. The skin will turn pink with vigorous movements, indicating that the circulation has been brought to the surface. Application of topical products immediately after treatment will enable the absorption of the product deep into the tissue. The increased local blood supply to the muscles and skin will bring nourishment and allow for toxins to be carried away via the veins, making these therapies wonderfully effective as an addition to a massage, body treatment, or other therapeutic service.
Conditions of chronic and acute pain can be relieved with minimal discomfort, while tense muscles soften quickly and easily. Scar tissue can also be smoothed and lessened in appearance. Other benefits include cellulite reduction, face tightening and lifting. Our magnetic acupressure has show results in the treatment of dramatic pain reduction with acute pain conditions and neuropathy.
People often report that this type of deep tissue stays with them remarkably longer than most other massage treatments and the speed with which cupping effects change in the tissue is truly amazing. When used in a treatment series, the results are cumulative. Yet even in a single treatment, a long-term physical issue may be resolved! What a great treatment program for pre- and post-operative conditions!
Some of the benefits are as follows:
Decreases and relieves pain and inflammation
Releases deep muscular issues
Soften and releases scar tissue for greater freedom of movement
Helps move ‘solid bloat’ from the abdomen to be released from the body naturally
Clears drainage pathways
Sedates the nervous system
Opens the energy flow of the body
What conditions respond to MediCupping™?
· Pain from inflammation, injury & auto-immune disorders
· Pre-surgical prepping
· Post surgical recovery (swelling, scaring)
· Low immune systems (detoxification)
· Digestive disorders (constipation, acid reflux)
· Aging or damaged skin
· Muscular tension………..and many more
Is MediCupping™ safe?
These methods are used safely on children, adults and elderly persons. The most common misuse of these techniques is overuse. These are intense therapies, and impact on the body systems is significant. In particular, children, the elderly, persons with diabetes and those on blood thinners should be treated gently. After any MediCupping™ treatment, it is important to avoid exposure to excessive heat or cold, and sufficient hydration is required to facilitate elimination. The practitioner must take a complete assessment of specific conditions at the time of treatment into consideration. MediCupping therapies are easy techniques to do, but they are not simple. To achieve maximum results safely, training is required. Only trained massage therapists should administer this treatment as they are aware on how to operate the equipment in the gentlest and safest way.
Will have bruises or red marks?
There is a “marked” difference between Traditional Chinese Cupping and MediCupping™ techniques. The marks that are commonly left from Chinese Medical treatments are the desired result. MediCupping™ very rarely produce this discoloration, called a “cup kiss” or “doo-hickey.” If this appears during the treatment, it’s just an added bonus indicating release of intense stagnation of body fluid and toxins in the area. This is not a bruise and will dissipate anywhere between a few hours and a few days. It is also unlikely that it will re-occur in the same area.