Sliding cup massage and cupping therapy
Effective non-invasive treatment

Cupping is one of the oldest forms of therapy and has been in use on every continent around the world. Modern and traditional cupping are the perfect alternative to acupuncture and complement to similar therapies, such as Gua Sha and Baunscheidttherapie.

Cupping can be administered as an invigorating and relaxing massage, as a way of mending, knitting and working our fascia, or applied to specific organ regions, acupuncture points, meridian channels, muscle and joints, or a mix of both, to relieve tension and pain, as well as activate and work with the body’s self-healing process.

How does cupping work? The suction associated with cupping is what makes this therapy work. The force is created by differences in pressure, for example, low pressure inside the cup caused by fire or pumping action.

Different grades of suction are used in cupping, sometimes up to five types, and are essential in the treatment of a patient’s condition - especially when faced with an excess (overload) or deficiency (weakness) in the body. The practitioner recognises what is needed and either uses the cups to tonify and strengthen a particular organ, meridian, body region or energy – or to disperse and minimise a particular condition.

Using the cups heavy-handedly is not always the most optimal approach. Sometimes the softest and most gentle pressure or suction is far more effective. A fundamental holistic understanding of the body, as well as its anatomy, physiology and energetic-based principles are essential.

The suction force generated while cupping helps focus and activate the body’s natural self-healing process by drawing fluid, nutrients, oxygen and energy to the area under treatment.

Oils are often used and chosen for their healing properties. In certain cases, small incisions or pin pricks can be made in the skin, and the cups applied, whereby blood is letted, which is one of the predecessors of acupuncture. Even moxa can be used with cupping to warm and stimulate an area of cold, weakness or stagnation.

Cupping influences the movement of fluid, energy and conditions, such as wind, dryness, dampness, cold, heat and their manifestations such as phlegm. Therefore it is a proven therapy for respiratory illnesses and digestive disorders.

Cupping is used for relieving pain, improving circulation, releasing stagnation, softening tissue, treating infection and detoxifying the body. It can speed up the healing process because of its direct and immediate stimulation of the body.

Cups are typically made of glass, bone, bamboo, silicon or plastic. They can be left to stand for 15-20 minutes or used in a sliding cup massage.

A typical side effect of cupping is the discoloration of the skin after the removal of cups. There are many ways to interpret the discoloration but in general it signals the condition of our internal environment (stagnation, heat, damp, cold) and how this condition has been drawn to the surface to be released.

Sliding cup massage along the iliotibial band, achilles, hamstrings, calves, quads, glutes, hips, lower back, feet, etc., has a similar effect on the body as foam rolling: it minimises and reduces fatigue, soreness and tightness, calms the nervous system, refreshes the body, breaks down and transports away any hard or soft build up of waste.

 

I offer

  • Sliding cup massage
  • Facial sliding cup massage in combination with TTM
  • Abdominal sliding cup massage in combination with TTM
  • Therapeutic stationary cupping
  • Modern and traditional cupping techniques
  • Pump, silicon and glass cups with fire
  • Cupping for pain relief, relaxation, tension release, or other
  • If applicable, wet cupping and moxibustion
  • Cupping Therapy combined with Traditional Thai Massage

TTM = Traditional Thai Massage

 

Prices

  • 60 mins AUD$60
  • Discounts available for multiple sessions (within a short term period e.g. a monthly pass), multiple clients from same family, friends or partners, long term arrangements (over several months) and pensioners, as well as barter/exchange considered.

 

Info for clients

  • Please don’t eat 30-60 minutes (ideally 1-2 hrs) before treatment
  • Sliding cup massage and cupping therapy is performed clothed except for the area to be treated
  • Massage table is provided or you can provide your own
  • Feet to be washed before the session if this area is to be treated
  • For cupping of joints, a dough will made and applied to the joint to secure the cups
  • Avoid showering a min. of 8 hours after the massage, if possible up to 2 days
  • Keep the area cupped warm and out of cold/wind/damp after treatment
  • Drink enough water afterwards to assist the body in the cleansing process

 

Any questions, please feel welcome to contact me on +61 (0)448 381 306 or by email.

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