Cupping is an age-old modality of bodywork that was used in the early ages. Drawings of clay and bamboo implements that look like cups have been found in Egyptian pyramids while the same has been found in early Chinese medicine. Some of these findings are dated as early as the 1500BC.
In Chinese medicine, cupping has been used in many forms but mostly as Wet Cupping where blood is drawn, and various herbs and medicines introduced to the body. In this method suction is created by a flame that is introduced into the cup. A vacuum that ‘sucks’ the tissue is created when the fire goes out.
Massage Therapists at Uzima Springs Wellness Center practice DRY cupping through the MediCupping/VacuTherapy Technique. We use both Silicon and Glass cups with a pump to create the vacuum which ‘sucks’ the body tissue into the cup. This suction decompresses the muscle tissue and other soft tissue. During the Cupping therapy, the therapist moves the cups around the area of treatment or may leave the cups stationary for a very short period in stubborn areas to facilitate release of adhesions.
MediCupping/Theracupping is beneficial in many ways. It can
- Release scar tissue and fascial adhesions
- Reduce painful myofascial trigger points and hence relieve neuromuscular pain
- Improve blood and lymphatic circulation.
- Increase mobility and range of motion of tight muscles
- With improved and increased circulation, promote release of body waste.
- Relieve plantar fasciitis
- Reduce tendinitis and bursitis
- Respiratory problems through release of diaphragm and muscles that aide in breathing.
During a Medicupping / Vacu Therapy session, a client may feel a tagging or pulling on their skin. There is generally no pain but a deep relaxation. After the session, some clients may see some redness and warmth to the skin which is brought about by the increased blood flow in the treatment area.
Anyone including children and elderly can benefit from a MediCupping / Vacu Therapy session
Who can benefit?
Almost anyone with neuromuscular pain or scars and scar tissue can benefit from MediCupping/VacuTherapy. A well-trained Therapist can treat any client effectively.
We do however advice that anyone on prescription blood thinner disclose this to your therapist before your massage as bruising can occur.
After the treatment session, we advise that a client reduce physical exertion and avoid exposure to extreme temperatures. Soreness may occur after the session and for upto a few days in some cases.
$85 per 60 Minutes
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body.
Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don’t get too uncomfortable.
Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session.
At Uzima Springs, a Deep Tissue session is integrated with other modalities such as Deep Swedish (Swedish massage with firm pressure) when a full body session is desired. Otherwise, Deep Tissue is only applied to specific muscle area.