Megan asked: “What is Cupping”

Cupping is and ancient form of medicine using suction to pull the skin slightly into cups. It brings a wring of blood flow areas into the cups. The suction and negative pressure can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system. This is great for High Blood Pressure. It can relieve the following: back pain, cellulite, migraines, fatigue, migraines, and rheumatism. I love using cupping for me it seems to give a burst of energy after self treatments. Yet I would not recommend trying this on yourself without proper training there are so many people doing this now and online what they are doing is dangerous in my opinion. The amount of time they are leaving them on the skin is too too long and these impressions should only last 2-7 days tops. You should have this done by someone with proper training your massage therapist or acupuncturist.

One way to think about cupping is that it is the inverse of massage. Rather than applying pressure to muscles, the suction uses pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscles upward. I often combine cupping with acupuncture into one treatment, but it could also be used alone. I love using the cups this way on my clients. I first tried cupping on myself for a while to get the benefits and see what would work best for my clients. I feel like the moving cupping helps break the connective tissue up in and upward moving motion. I love it!

Moving Cupping:

As the name implies, in this method your practitioner applies massage oil or cream on your skin in selected places, puts the cups over the areas to be treated and then slides them around that region of the body — most commonly the back. The cups slide easily because the cream has lubricated your body.

Cupping might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.

You ought to consider exploring the benefits of cupping if you seek relief from stress, pain, allergies, fatigue, flu, colds, back pain, anxiety, muscle aches, red itchy skin conditions or fever.


Massage Fights Disease!

“Massage Fights Disease-Massage therapy increases the activity level of the body’s white blood cells that work to combat viruses. According to research from Cedars-Sinai, participants in a Swedish massage group experienced significant changes in lymphocytes, which play a large role in defending the body from disease.”
Lymphocyte is a white blood cell in the lymphatic system. With this above information I’d like to also add that Body Brushing stimulates the lymph system helping to produce more white blood cells and antibodies. I just added Dry Brushing as an add on for services. I highly recommend.
Please continue to read my post. I’ll be adding many helpful tips on how to take care of your body in very well researched and practical ways. I also want to start posting suggestions on affordable products to have in your home for self care. My 1st suggestion is Epsom Salt. I’ll post on the wonderful benefits of this Magnesium based substance, something you may have just thought a Grandmothers folk lore. Some of my findings will be theory and some will be fact. Please feel free to ask any questions or just be in the conversation. Thanks for tuning in!
Stay in tune and be well,
Carmen Grandfield, B.F.A., M.A.&M.A., LMBT 17460
Educator, Yoga Instructor and Massage Therapist