Cupping is much like the inverse of massage – rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle vacuum pressure to pull them upward. The entire back may be treated, including the neck, shoulders, middle and lower back, and sacral area.
Cups are placed on the skin and may be left for a period of five to fifteen minutes or they can be moved over the area to raise “sha”. The color and pattern of the “sha” marks depend on the level of stagnation in the area, and range from a bright red to dark purple, usually lasting 3 days to a week – sometimes longer if the person is very sick or sedentary. You will look like Gwyneth Paltrow or Michael Phelps.
If there is no stagnation present in the treated muscles, there will be only a pink marking which disappears in a few minutes to a couple of hours. Sites where there is old trauma or injury may require multiple Cupping treatments to remove all stagnation. You will find in follow up treatments the marks will be progressively lighter as the toxin and adhesions are systemically removed from the body.
Included in Deep Tissue, Integrative and Acupuncture services
Physiological Effects of Cupping:
- Decrease or relieve pain and inflammation
- Release deep muscular issues
- Release and soften scar tissue
- Lift and stretch soft tissue
- Painful menstruation and associated pain in the low back
- Increased range of movement
- Open chest and lungs
- Improve circulation
- Drain lymph fluid, clear drainage pathways
- Sedate the nervous system
- Open energy flow of the body
So if you’re in the Grand Lake Colorado, Granby, Kremmling or Winter Park Colorado areas and you are considering Cupping therapy, please give us a call to learn more.