I think we all saw the Olympics this year and noticed the distinctive marks left by a cupping session on Michael Phelps. It brought a lot of attention to this ancient technique used in Eastern Medicine for centuries. Since then, we have had many clients ask about this technique, so I thought I would share a few benefits. I would also like to let you know that Tatum offers cupping free of additional charge in any massage session booked with her!
First I would like to clarify that cupping can be done with a few different methods. One uses glass cups and fire. A small burst of flame into the cup creates the suction used for the treatment. This is the method that has been used the longest. Another, newer method involves using a special tool to draw the air out of specially designed cups.
Cups can be placed in one spot on the body and allowed to rest there for a few minutes (which creates the marks), or the suction can be applied and the cups can be moved around during your massage. Leaving the cup in a specific location is great for trigger points or a particularly tight area. Massaging with the cups allows for great deep work which helps to break up adhesions in the skin (think scar tissue), fascia (the membrane surrounding the muscles), and the muscle tissue itself.
Because of the deep work that can be done with the cups, cupping can be beneficial for those dealing with muscle pain, headaches, and tension throughout the body. Cupping can also be great for increasing circulation throughout the body. Toxins can even be pulled through the skin (Not even kidding, ask to see the cups after!).
If you are curious about this treatment and would like to give it a try, be sure to schedule your massage with Tatum and let her know when you arrive for your appointment. They are always ready to go and she can use as few or as many as you would like during your massage session with her.
Willow Bow Massage Therapy