Good morning and Happy Monday to you!

Several months ago I introduced you to Linda Cole, owner of Holistic Vita Massage and Wellness. You can review that article by clicking here. In case you have forgotten, below is a list of Linda’s credentials:

Licensed Massage Therapist

Licensed Massage Therapy Instructor

Ashiatsu Deepfeet Bar Therapy ® Certified

Reiki Master Level I / II / III

Manual Lymphatic Drainage I / II

Myofascial Release

Neuromuscular Technique

Shiatsu I

Table-Thai Massage

Aromatherapy

Well, today I am excited to share with you that Linda is adding Certified Cupping Therapist (CCT) to that list of credentials. She recently received her certification from the International Cupping Association, and is now offering fire cupping therapy at Holistic Vita.

Although cupping became popular in 2016 after the world saw Michael Phelps with red circles across his back at the Rio Olympics, the practice has actually been around for over 3,000 years. The earliest accounts originated in China but today is practiced all over the world. To receive cupping therapy, a CCT places cups made of glass, bamboo, horn, earthenware, silicone and/or acrylic on the skin for a few minutes to create a suction. This is done to loosen up toxins and stagnated waste in the muscle lining. Once loosened, they are excreted from the body.

 

According to lovieacupuncture.com, …when toxins or cell waste stagnate in the muscles or joints, the body has a difficult time with waste disposal and we often experience discomfort or pain. If the liver or kidneys are unable to process or excrete these stagnations, the toxins are stored to be managed later, typically in the muscle layer. The vacuum action of cupping rapidly facilitates the release of rigid, soft tissues, stimulates the peripheral nervous system, loosens and lifts connective tissues, breaks up and finally drains the stagnation. 

As an alternative form of therapy, cupping can be used to facilitate healing in a wide variety of issues such as: pain, injuries, colds, migraines, stress and more. This technique could also release tight muscles, improve back and shoulder problems, promote clear skin, aid in digestion, provide relief from respiratory issues, facilitate lymphatic flow and even as a form of detoxification. Cupping could also improve blood circulation and like massage, is often used as a form of relaxation. In fact, when combined with massage, cupping therapy can facilitate faster, better, and more effective results. While massage is pressing into the skin (positive pressure), and cupping is pulling away (negative pressure), the two are complementary to each other.

 

My experience with cupping:

In order to better understand this form of therapy, I attended a cupping session with Linda. To be honest, I was fearful it would hurt, but can honestly tell you it was a really interesting, pain-free experience. To allow the cups to move easily, Linda used olive oil to lubricate the area where the cups were to be placed. As it was my first time, she told me exactly what she was doing as she placed each cup on my back. If one felt “tighter” than I liked, she could quickly release the amount of suction until it felt more comfortable. Although Linda uses glass, silicone and acrylic cups, my favorite ones to experience were the glass cups used in fire cupping. Fire Cupping is done by holding a flame inside the cup for a few seconds, and then placing the cup on the skin. The flame removes the oxygen from the cup which is how the suction is made. I liked this one the best because the flame made the cup warm, and I liked how that sensation felt on my skin. It really was very soothing.

Although the cups can be left on the skin for up to twenty minutes, Linda removed mine after about ten. The bright red marks will disappear anywhere from a few days up to a few weeks. The variances in color can indicate deeper stagnations in the body. Friends, I will most definitely have cupping therapy with Linda again. By the next day, the cold I had felt coming on had improved, and the neck pain I experience from sitting for hours in front of the computer had subsided. I am definitely a fan of cupping therapy!

My cupping marks the next day.

A few things to remember:
  • The red marks left on the body after a cupping therapy treatment are NOT bruises. The marks made by cupping are just that, cupping marks. They are due to cellular debris, pathogenic factors, old stagnation and toxins being drawn to the surface.They do not hurt.
  • Cupping therapy can be used from face to feet. Small glass suction cups can be placed on the face for very short amounts of time in order to avoid the cupping marks from showing.
  • Sometimes a CCT will use Dynamic Cupping as a form of therapy. This is done by placing the cups in a specific area plus adding movement to it. It is excellent to improve range of motion.
  • After receiving cupping therapy, avoid processed food, dairy, alcohol, sugary foods and drinks for a few days to allow the body to eliminate the recently released toxins more easily.
  • Although she has been cupping since 2015, Linda is not a doctor or Chinese Practitioner. Her therapy is designed to facilitate optimal health, but she does not diagnose or treat disease.

         

“I want people to know that cupping exists and is not painful. This therapy is extremely effective, especially when combined with massage.”–Linda Cole

You can make an appointment with Linda by visiting the Holistic Vita website, and you will definitely want to take advantage of some of the Christmas Specials she has available right now.

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*Thank you Holistic Vita Massage and Wellness for sponsoring this post. 

 

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