This therapy uses negative pressure, instead of tissue compression (typical massage work), for impressive results in a wide array of bodywork techniques. When suction & negative pressure is created, cupping therapy, it causes the release of rigid soft tissue, drains excess fluids & toxins, loosens adhesions, lifts connective tissue, & brings blood flow to stagnant skin & muscles.
Myofascial Release is a safe & very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This can help address a myriad of debilitating & stubborn conditions. Restructuring of the myofacial bands is possible with cumulative treatments. There is no form of lymphatic stimulation & drainage that can even approach the efficacy & speed that suction can achieve.
Cupping pulls stagnation out of tissues & brings the skin to proper level. Pores expand & discharge waste, & the rest then is more accessible to the body’s circulatory lymphatic systems where it can be properly flushed out. This is what many times looks like “round bruises” which is really just debris that rise to the surface & are released through the lymph nodes.
When creating the negative pressure above the surface of the tissues, the decrease in atmospheric pressure allows the tissues to be lifted upwards so that the space increases for the underlying tissues. Since cupping therapy uses negative pressure, rather then tissue compression (typical massage work), superior bodywork ranging from myofacial release & deep tissue work are much more easily accomplished. The rapid suction of cups facilitates rigid soft tissue release by pulling away from underlying structures & loosening areas of adhesion or restriction.
Not to mention that the negative pressure of cupping therapy feels great. The pulling action engages the parasympathetic nervous system allowing a deep & restorative relaxation to move through the entire body. It is not unusual to fall asleep when receiving cupping therapy. Clients often remark how relaxed, warm, & light they feel for hours to days afterwards. In most cases the cupping therapy are comparable to other expensive & many times painful treatments that require mechanical devices or surgery to deliver results.
Cupping Therapy is great for the back, cellulite area - including glutes/thighs/hips/legs, anterior thoracic & abdominals, upper/lower arms, & posterior neck from the anterior position. Remember discolorations are not bruises at all. Rather they are when circulation is compromised or sluggish in an injured or dis-eased area.
Contraindications Always start with gentle pressure & time exposure for your clients, until you can determine how that individual client responds to the treatment. Then, & only then, can a safe & effective plan of treatment, appropriate to that individual be determined. Avoid moving over bony prominences with rigid cups, which is uncomfortable for the client. Broken bones, dislocations, hernias, slipped discs, & organ failure are contraindicated for Cupping Therapy. Do not cup areas of the skin that are sunburned, ruptured, ulcerated or inflamed. In cases of very high fever or convulsion, or easy bleeding. Avoid gliding or stationary cups on the neck over the jugular or carotid (or other sites of caution), use intermittent method to avoid influencing blood flow & nerve bundles. Avoid lengthy or aggressive cupping on clients of depleted energy. Work gently on the children & elderly & over the kidney areas. Strong Cupping Therapy is not advised over the kidneys. Cupping Therapy is contraindicated for those with liver or kidney functional illness, Cardiopathy, 3D varicosities, systemic cancer or recent surgical incisions. Avoid excess pressure or duration of Cupping Therapy for people on blood thinners, hemophiliacs, those with high or low blood pressure or diabetics. Never perform strong stationary cupping on patients that are visibly exhausted, hungry, or emotionally upset. Cupping Therapy should not be used on affected areas during the acute stages of Psoriasis, Eczema or Rosacea. For Pregnant Clients: Advised to hydrate very well Unless the client has been receiving Cupping Therapy ongoing prior to their pregnancy, wait until their second trimester. Do not move cups on the abdominal area, any cupping on the femoral triangle or medial lower compartment. Strong or prolonged cupping around the sacrum unless patient is beyond 38 weeks and preparing for labor.
Mariano Castano CMT 3625 E Thousand Oaks Blvd. Suite 133 Westlake Village, CA 91362 805-768-4082