I just completed a massage therapy session – I had my legs (adductors) CUPPED and I cannot put into words how AMAZING my legs feel right now. They feel drunk and like I have brand new legs. I’ve been training these legs hard and have been experiencing some on and off knee pain. It goes away when I am warmed up so I know it is fascia related and knee tracking issues. While the usual deep tissue massages are helpful, they feel great and can be very relaxing, I believe that cupping is the way to go to help with adhesions!!
I have a client (I won’t mention any names) who is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip & knee replacements. He was experiencing some knee tracking issues due to tight IT Band. I sent him for a cupping massage and his words were “Ok I will go to entertain you” and was not believing anything that I told him. After one session and doing some of his own research, he is now a firm believer and a regular client.
What is it?
Cupping is one of the best deep tissue therapies available. Massage cupping is a wonderful and therapeutic technique that increases fluid movement in the body and decrease adhesions. The entire body can be accessed through massage cupping from the bottom of the feet to the neck and everywhere in between. Cupping is the like the inverse of regular massage – rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gently pressure to pull them upward. So instead of rubbing into those tight muscles, the cups lift the tissue and gently glide the toxins out. Massage cupping is an adaption of ancient technique and traditional Chinese medicine. This therapy has been used by the Chinese medicine for several thousands of years. Glass or plastic cups along with vacuum pump create a negative pressure on the skin’s surface. Cups are then moved using various techniques while gently pulling up.
The cups can be parked or left over a certain area for a short duration of time to facilitate joint mobilization or soft tissue release. Suction reaches deep into the soft tissue and attachments. Toxins, inflammation, blood and lymph are then pulled to the skins surface. Health and healing are promoted by loosening the soft and connective tissue and improvements are seen in scars and adhesions.
Release deep tissue issues
Stimulate blood flow
My sessions last for 30 minutes and I experience immediate relief. No marks are left on my skin –I have seen people with marks from other therapist. I am not sure if it is technique or what the Chinese claim – negative energy elements coming to the surface and leaving the body. I’ve only tried my legs but have several sessions scheduled now to try my back and arms. I cannot wait to see how it feels on my back!!
Hope this helps and that you get cupped!