"Cupping Therapy is the oldest and most globally practiced medical treatment in human history. The value and efficacy of Cupping Therapy has been documented through several thousand years of historical, clinical and subjective research. Having been widely used, even today, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, by Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and other cultures, Cupping Therapy has reemerged in the Western Holistic Community as a remarkably effective healing therapy.
By creating suction and Negative Pressure, this therapy releases rigid soft tissue, drains excess fluids and toxins, loosens adhesions, lifts connective tissue, and brings blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles. The pulling action benefit, created by Negative Pressure, engages the parasympathetic nervous system, thus allowing a deep relaxation to move through the entire body." - ICTA
Cupping Therapy is very beneficial for each of the systems of the body including, but not limited to:
- Increase blood circulation and strengthens skin
- Removes congestion in joints, attachments and other musculoskeletal structures.
- Purifies blood and cleanses the Cardiovascular System so disease doesn't have a chance to develop.
- Stimulation of sensory nerves in skin
- Strengthens overall digestion increasing the uptake and absorption of nutrients.
- Increase Range of Motion in joints and fascia (connective tissue)
What are the discolorations that sometimes occur during or after treatments?
These discolorations are NOT BRUISES!
"When injuries occur deep in the muscle, insufficient oxygen to cells and local build-up of waste products combined with elements of edema and the coagulation of sticky proteins usually result in stagnation of circulation to the area - further resulting in pain, dysfunction, and chronic conditions.
Suction pulls these stagnant fluids, cellular debris and "blood poison" from deep in the tissues to the surface. The appearance of what emerges varies according to the severity of the client's blood stasis -- appearing from a dark purple-black to a light pink, but is usually a shade of red. Appropriate draining techniques are then used to help facilitate the movement of old blood to proper lymphatic drainage sites.
Cupping Therapy draws waste away from the injury so that healthy free circulation can be restored to the affected area, thus making space for oxygen, living cells and nutrients for faster recovery.
The discolorations can fade from hours up to 2 weeks, depending on the amount of stagnation moved. As treatments accumulate, visible marks will occur less and less." - ICTA
This modality is perfect for first time massages. With its use of smooth, even and gliding strokes, Swedish techniques are often integrated in many other types of massages. Very gentle and non invasive enabling a general sense of pressure and touch being used by the therapist.
Swedish massage benefits:
- Relieves muscle tension
- Relaxing and energizing
- Increases oxygen levels in blood
- Improves circulation
- Releases endorphins
- Achieve a sense of equilibrium
Deep Tissue Massage
This modality is designed to target specific "problem areas" and will have a greater mechanical, physiological and psychological effect on the body. The capabilities alone of relieving chronic muscle tension and breaking up scar tissue may create an elevated feeling of relaxation during and after each session.
Deep Tissue massage benefits:
- Focus on multiple muscular layers, tendons and fascia
- Chronic muscle tension relief
- Lower heart rate
- Improve blood pressure
- Scar tissue break up
- Rehabilitates injured muscles
This modality is ideal for athletes or anyone participating in higher durations of physical activity. With the use of techniques assessing and improving range of motion combined with active and passive stretching, Sports massage can aid in preparation before athletic events as well as rehabilitation during and after them.
Sports massage benefits:
- Promotes flexibility
- Improves range of motion
- Aids in injury prevention
- Muscle strain relief
- Muscle tone monitoring
- Aid in healing process after sports related injury
- Improve soft tissue function
- Reduce muscle spasms
Chair massage is a very popular way of relieving stress and releasing tension in your home or even at your workplace. You receive your massage while sitting on a specialized ergonomic chair which is brought to your location. In addition to the usual health benefits of massage, another benefit of chair massage is that it is done over clothing. Seated massage avoids any discomfort or awkwardness that may be felt in disrobing for a traditional massage or if it your first time receiving a massage. Chair massage sessions are usually shorter than traditional massage, making it convenient enough to fit into your busy schedule.
Chair massage benefits:
- Lowers anxiety
- Increases circulation
- Relieves muscles tension
- Alleviates headaches
- Chair can be brought to workplace
- Performed over clothes