I'm so excited to announce that in addition to providing massage, Honu Therapeutic Massage will now be offering cupping to all of you wonderful clients! "What the h*** is cupping?!" you may ask. Think back to the Olympics not to long ago when a shirtless Michel Phelps was on camera sporting bright red/ purple perfect circles all over his torso and legs. No, these were not in fact hickeys. They were suction marks from cupping! Cupping is a technique aimed at increasing circulation in both athletes and non-athletes. It's perfect for enhancing performance or reducing recovery time when massage alone just doesn't cut it. Performed using silicon cups that are suctioned to targeted areas of the body, this technique has been around for over 5,000 years, so you can bet it's a good one. I encourage you to consider incorporating cupping into your next massage because the health benefits are numerous!
Massage with cupping is used to promote health and healing by:
-loosening soft tissue and connective tissue
-breaking up scar tissue and adhesions
-increasing lymphatic flow and circulation
-alleviating muscle tension
- helping to pull toxins and inflammation from the body to the surface of the skin where the lymphatic system can more readily eliminate them
What to expect with cupping:
-Discoloration due to toxins and old blood being brought to the surface ( the level of discoloration is personal, with some individuals experiencing none at all)
-Post tenderness, but usually less than experienced from deep tissue work
-Redness and Itching due to increased vaso-dilation and/or inflammation brought to the surface
-Decreased Blood Pressure
Cupping may sound or appear more procedural than it really is. There's nothing to be scared of. You by no means have to be Michel Phelps to practice cupping. However, in some cases cupping is contraindicated. Let's talk about if cupping is the right therapy for you. Call or email before booking your massage appointment with cupping. I'm more than happy to answer your questions or discuss your concerns.