Cupping and Gua Sha
Gua Sha (scraping) and Cupping…
Physiotherapy is a form of treatment using heat, cold, massage, exercise, electricity to help the body heal and maintain heath. Here we often use massage and exercise as mentioned above. On occasion we will use electrical stimulation, cupping, Gua Sha, heat or cold therapy, herbal therapies and others. Each person is different, each injury or condition is unique we discuss with you the best plan for your health.
Cupping is a simple suction technique to move fluids and energy through the tissues. It has been used by many cultures for thousands of years. You can buy an introductory session now for just $25! Click below.
The vacuum action facilitates the release of ridged soft tissues. This can be much faster than massage or other manipulative techniques. It loosens and lifts the connective tissues and breaks up and helps to drain stagnation ( a main factor in illness and dis-ease) it increases blood and lymph flow to skin, muscles and all connective tissues like ligaments and tendons.
Pain in the body implies a blockage in the flow of energy and blood and lymph through a particular area. When there is an injury in a muscle, for example, there is commonly a little bleeding in the muscle tissue. This can cause a deep bruise that you may not see on the surface. This stagnation from the swelling and pain causes the sticky proteins to remain in and between the soft tissues. Stagnation and impaired flow of fluids (blood, serous, synovial, lymph, interstitial etc…) results in even more pain, stiffness and dysfunction. Sometimes, when this is not treated effectively, it can last years, becoming a ‘new normal’ for your body-mind.
It’s not a bruise…
The vacuum formed on the skin by the cups draws out non-circulating stagnant blood and sticky fluids from the painful areas and allows fresh fluids and energy to move in and clean up. Bringing these waste products to the surface can result in deep red, purple or black ‘hickies’ where the cups were. Cupping marks are NOT bruises, they do not hurt. These spots are a great sign and only last a couple days to at most a week. Since the toxins have been vacuumed out of their stuck place they can be carried away by capillaries to the liver and kidneys for proper processing and excretion.
The color of your cupping hickey…
Deeper colors, black, purple, blue are signs of deep and long standing stagnation. Pink, greenish, or yellow are signs it has worked its way out or can be a sign of a bone or nerve problem if it is the initial color.
If a person is very sick, sedentary or has a very old issue, multiple sessions are suggested. After treatment protect the area from drafts and sun, it is open and susceptible to ‘other’ pathogenic factors (especially energy drain)
Dry Cupping, Wet Cupping, Fire Cupping???
We do not use fire as having alcohol and an open flame around a patient and hair is a recipe for disaster. We avoid burns that way… We use a vacuum system popular in today’s modern clinics all over the world. Usually we use 4 to 6 cups only but some treatments may require up to 20 cups… or repeated visits. Wet cupping is where blood is let from the body in the cups. We don’t do that… ewww. We do dry cupping, just you and the cups…
What is it good for?
Cupping is great for the following conditions: anemias, arthritis, fibromyalgia, fertility issues, skin problems, high blood pressure, migraine, anxiety, depression, sore back, muscle spasms, low energy, initial stages of influenza, colds, bronchitis, etc. (those are the traditional treatments), can even help fractures and surgeries heal faster.
Where should cupping NOT be used?
Over an artery, varicose veins, moles, cuts, very thin skin (most ‘Yin’ areas), on people with blood thinners, clotting problems, and thrombosis. Sometimes, if you are very dehydrated (common in Colorado) you may take longer to get a good result.