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A form of alternative medicine in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction and localized pressure. This therapy creates space and separation in the tissues that allows the therapist to work more effectively bringing fresh blood to the area, improving circulation, to aid in the healing of that area. Cupping therapy is mainly performed, but not limited to, one's back because there are five Meridians (pathways in the body which the energy of life called Qi ("chi") flows through). When these meridians are opened, the internal energy is able to flow through the whole body.
Contraindications~ YOU WILL BE SENT HOME
(Or a different modality offered)
(Reasons not to receive cupping therapy or to seek doctor approval)
Cupping is contraindicated in cases of severe diseases, such as cardiac failure, renal failure, ascites due to hepato-cirrhosis and severe edema, as well as hemorrhagic diseases such as allergic pupura, hemophilia and leukemia, and clients with dermatosis, destruction of skin, or allergic dermatitis. Cupping should not be applied on an area where a hernia exists or has occurred in the past.
For pregnant women, work on the lower abdomen, inner side of the leg and sacral (tail bone) region should be avoided. Also, if you have never received a cupping treatment, you should wait until the 2nd trimester to receive your first treatment.
If you are unsure whether or not a condition you have may be contraindicated, please first consult your doctor. Broken bones, dislocations, slipped disks, those undergoing cancer treatments such as radiation (check with Doctor), sunburn, ruptured, ulcerated, inflamed skin, Fever, Bleeding disorders, Acute stages of Psoriasis, Eczema, or Rosacea
Cupping Therapy affects the body similar to a deep tissue massage. It is possible to experience slight Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness that feels similar to a long hard workout. However, the feel of cupping is not as intense as deep tissue massage. Thanks to the nature of negative pressure therapy, the work is deep without being painful although occasionally it can be uncomfortable. Remember to check in with your therapist to make sure the therapy is within your personal comfort level.
If you are on blood thinners, are a hemophiliac, diabetic, or have high or low blood pressure, shorter, lighter techniques are recommended and must be used for your overall wellness. Those with low blood pressure should warn the therapist ahead of time as you'll need extra time to rest before rising after a treatment and accommodations will need to be made.
You must sign a release form to receive cupping therapy.