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Myofascial Cupping / Lymphatic Cupping / Spinal Flush on Spine 


Straight from China.....this is a picture of my youngest son......who went to the Spa for a massage!!!.....LOL

He was not aware of what he was getting himself into!


This form of 'Cupping' is called 'parking'....and is parked for 30 minutes...the Chinese believe that viruses & /or bacteria lie dormant along the spine. These pathogens create inflammation which results in contraction of the muscles along the spine in different areas, thus contorting and disfiguring the spinal column.

Myofascial Cupping

Is a continuous movement along the muscles (if we 'park' it would be no longer than 5 min)

Most manual massage therapy techniques involve positive pressure of pushing into the body, however Myofascial Cupping is unique in that negative pressure is the means for changing tissue adhesions.  Though the skin may be temporarily discolored by red rings or hickey-like marks from the suction in the cup, this is not the intention of the therapy and therefore the success of the treatment is not gauged in this way.

Lymphatic Cupping

is a gentle 'pumping' action (no 'parking')

Myofascial Cupping massage bodywork is a pleasant and gentle, non-invasive technique that achieves powerful results in:

  • Releasing Tight, Contracted Muscle Tissue
  • Tight IT Bands (Ilio-Tibial Band) 
  • Cellulite Reduction 
  • Pain Reduction 
  • Contouring the Face and Body
  • Joint Mobilizadtion
  • Assisting with Weight Loss Programs
  • Lymphatic Drainage
  • Athletic Performance Enhancement
  • Scar Reduction Detoxification – movent of stagnation
  • Skin Toning & Firming

Conditions that Respond to Massage Cupping bodywork:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Poor Circulation
  • Sciatica
  • Insomnia & anxiety
  • Cellulite
  • Toxicity
  • Asthma & Pneumonia
  • TMJ Dysfunction
  • Diabetes
  • Parkinsons Disease
  • Chronic Pain
  • Menopause
  • Arthritis
  • Neuralgia
  • Poorly nourished skin & muscle
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • Stagnant lymph and edema
  • Pre & Post Operative conditions
  • Athletic stress & injury
  • Bursitis, tendonitis & plantar fascities
  • Scars & adhesions
  • Spider veins & varicosities
  • Muscular aches & pains


A Word on Cupping Marks

The most common misunderstanding regarding one of the most powerful and beneficial after effects of cupping, is the marks that sometimes result.

Where there is dead, static blood, lymph, cellular debris, pathogenic factors, and toxins present in the body, Cupping can leave marks which indicates that the stagnation or disease has been moved from the deeper tissue layers to the surface, allowing fresh oxygenated blood to nourish and heal the underlying areas. Any suction device left long enough in one place will loosen and pull these agents out & up to the skin surface.

In many countries - this is a non-issue, they've experienced themselves the amazing detoxifying effects suction therapy can provide. But in some industrialized countries, where Allopathic Medicine has over shadowed more holistic, natural approaches, these surface discolorations are misinterpreted as damage rather than the result of debilitating agents being drawn to the surface. Westerners also live in an image conscience society that also has a heightened sensitivity to domestic abuse ... so, without sufficient understanding, some people are unnerved upon seeing this important after effect.

Once people understand what these marks are, and feel the results - the concerns disappear.

The color and pattern of the marks depend on the level of stagnation in the area, and range from a bright red to dark purple, usually lasting 3 days to a week - sometimes longer if the person is very sick or sedentary. If there is no stagnation present, there will be only a light pink mark which disappears in a few minutes to a couple of hours. Sites where there is old trauma or injury may require multiple cupping treatments to remove all stagnation. You will find in follow up treatments the marks will be visibly lighter and lighter as the pathogens are systemically removed from the body.

The chemicals used in the pools that althletes train and compete in for many hours every day are highly toxic. Cupping draws these toxins out of the body which would otherwise lead to stagnation, blood poison, pain and disfunction. Many althletes turn to cupping on a regular basis to detoxify and enhance their performance.

Many unfamiliar to Cupping Therapy, refer to the Cup Marks as Bruises. In our society Bruising is considered an injury.

Bruising is caused by impact trauma with breakage of capillaries and a reactionary rush of fluids to the damaged location from the tissue injury. There is no compression in correctly performed suction cup therapy. Although it is quite common during Stationary Dry Cupping (left static for 5 - 20 minutes - see below) to achieve dramatic 'marks' or 'discolorations', the less aggressive action of moving the cups, minimizes the intensity and duration of the discolorations.

Often, when a condition exists within deeper structures where sufficient pathologic factors and stagnant fluids (toxins, blood and lymph) are dredged up during treatment, discoloration will appear on the epidermis. As treatments cumulate and the release of stagnation and buildup has been released, dispursed and drained – (sometimes quickly as the 2nd treatment) no discoloration is likely to occur at all - even though each time the cupping may have been focused on the same area, for the same duration, and with the same amount of suction.This action is clearly the result of having internal unwanted toxins systematically purged.

Suction pulls toxins, pathogenic factors, blood poison, dead lymph and cellular debris from deep within the tissues to the surface. These debilitating agents are then more easily expelled from the body. The deposits dissipate from a few hours up to several weeks, depending on the amount of stagnation and the patients post treatment activities.
The quality of the pathogenic factors varies according to the severity of the patient's blood stasis -- which correlates with the nature, severity and type of condition they have.

Usually, the practitioner will see the greatest amount of deposits being drawn to the surface in the first few treatments - this is a good thing. The deposits will lessen in intensity as the deeper issues are resolved and the stagnations and toxins have been dredged up and flushed out via the bodys' own circulatory systems, expulsion from the pores and sweat. Sweating is a great after treatment followup for your clients to help get rid of the garbage you've released.

Although the marks look painful, they are not.
Patients usually feel an immediate sense of relief.