Cupping is a Traditional Chinese Medical modality which involves the placement of glass cups on an area of the body, typically the back.
Cupping breaks up adhesions in the muscles. The practice of cupping is not painful and is often reported to be very relaxing and helpful in relieving pain and tension. This therapy may be recommended in conjunction with an acupuncture treatment and is done at no additional charge.
Cupping- the reverse massage
While a massage uses pressure into the muscles to break up tension, cupping creates a suction effect that draws the skin and muscles up into the cup, releasing tension and pain. It increases circulation by drawing stagnant blood up to the surface, flushing cellular debris and toxins from the cells and muscle tissue, and allowing fresh blood to nourish the muscles. Cupping is a quick, painless, and incredibly effective way to release muscle tension.
Facial cupping uses gentle pressure to rejuvenate the skin for both cosmetic and health purposes. The benefits of facial cupping include increasing lymphatic drainage, collagen stimulation and increased circulation to the facial tissues.
What Cupping treats:
- Muscle pain
- Muscle tension
- Low back pain
- Plantar fasciitis
What Facial Cupping treats:
- Fine lines & wrinkles
- Sagging skin
- Clogged sinus cavities
- Chronic headaches
In cupping therapy, light heat is applied to the cups to create a vacuum effect which gently draws the skin and muscles slightly into the cup. Cupping helps to break up adhesions in the musculature, releasing tension and pain. It draws old stagnant blood to the skin surface which enables fresh blood and qi to nourish the muscles. It is most commonly used for pain but has other indications as well. Although there is usually bruising which appears on the skin, the practice of cupping is not painful and is often reported to be very relaxing and helpful in relieving pain. This therapy may be recommended in conjunction with an acupuncture treatment.
Facial Cupping is a technique used throughout much of Asia and Europe to rejuvenate the skin and bring luster back to the complexion because of it’s safe, gentle, and effective nature.
Facial cupping uses a very different technique and type of cup than cupping used on other parts of the body. It is a gentle light suction to protect the delicate skin of the face. Small suction cups are placed on the skin to create a vacuum which lifts the skin and facial tissue. This activates the lymphatic drainage system to remove toxins and cellular waste, while stimulating collagen production and reducing puffiness or water retention in the face.
Facial cupping increases the blood supply to the face and neck and can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, lift sagging skin, reduce edema, and open and drain the sinuses. If being used for cosmetic purposes, this treatment is best performed in a series of 6-10 treatments performed 1-2 times per week; however, you will start to see some improvements in the skin with just one treatment!
Facial cupping is also effective for reducing swelling and pain of the sinus cavities for those affected by allergies. The lifting and suction function of the cups aids in moving congestion and relieving chronic drainage. It relaxes tight muscles of the jaw associated with TMJ and can be very helpful for those who clench or grind their teeth.
Facial cupping also assists in reducing the frequency of headaches, as significant tension in the facial muscles can contribute to frequent and chronic headaches. If performed by a skilled professional, facial cupping has a very low chance of bruising; however, it is not recommended for those who are currently taking blood thinners, as this can increase the likelihood of bruising.
Sara Bates Acupuncture
"Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease" - Hippocrates
Sara is a Colorado state licensed acupuncturist in Fort Collins, Colorado. She provides treatments to patients looking for healing, pain relief, hormone balance, and the tools to feel empowered in their health care decisions.
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