Learn more about massage and spa treatments:
- The Benefits of Massage
- Massage Therapy FAQs
- Massage: A Relaxing Method to Relieve Stress and Pain
- Prenatal Massage Benefits
- Cupping Massage
- What Makes a Good Esthetician
- Facial Cupping
Virtues of massage and spa treatments
Massage is one of the oldest healing arts: Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Today, the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.
So What Is It Exactly?
Massage, bodywork and somatic therapies are defined as the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the human body. Specifically:
Massage: The application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body, generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. The many variations of massage account for several different techniques.
Bodywork: Various forms of touch therapies that may use manipulation, movement, and/or repatterning to affect structural changes to the body.
Somatic: Meaning “of the body.” Many times this term is used to denote a body/mind or whole-body approach as distinguished from a physiology-only or environmental perspective.
There are more than 250 variations of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies and many practitioners utilize multiple techniques. The application of these techniques may include, but is not limited to, stroking, kneading, tapping, compression, vibration, rocking, friction, and pressure to the muscular structure or soft tissues of the human body. This may also include non-forceful passive or active movement and/or application of techniques intended to affect the energetic systems of the body. The use of oils, lotions, and powders may also be included to reduce friction on the skin. Click here for more information on what to expect.
Please note: Massage, bodywork and somatic therapies specifically exclude diagnosis, prescription, manipulation or adjustments of the human skeletal structure, or any other service, procedure or therapy which requires a license to practice orthopedics, physical therapy, podiatry, chiropractic, osteopathy, psychotherapy, acupuncture, or any other profession or branch of medicine.
Will My Insurance Cover It?
The services of a bodywork professional may be covered by health insurance when prescribed by a chiropractor or osteopath. Therapies provided as part of a prescribed treatment by a physician or registered physical therapist are often covered.
Courtesy of massagetherapy.com
Cupping has been used for centuries in China, the Middle East, Greece and Russia. It is now ‘fashionable’ with leading celebrities across the globe.
The history of Facial Cupping over the centuries was used by women for facial rejuvenation; it has now evolved into this wonderful Therapeutic and Anti-Aging therapy.
Facial Rejuvenation Cupping is a wonderful and effective alternative to a surgical facelift or chemical fillers. Taking the holistic approach to beauty, the non surgical way will help improve your health as well as give you a glowing complexion.
The therapy of Facial Cupping encourages the production of elastin and collagen whilst reducing the puffiness under the eyes, sculpting the neck and jawline and also encouraging new blood flow and lymphatic drainage to the face.
Facial Cupping is performed using different sized silicone cups that gently glide as it sucks over the contours of the chin and around the mouth working up the right side of your face and then the left. The cups glide along the neck from the centre outwards to the lymph nodes on the sides of the face, then drained down. The cupping is very soothing and relaxing; it is not uncomfortable at all and should never leave any marks on the skin.
The Facial Cupping sequence typically lasts between 15 and 30 minutes and can be used as a stand-alone treatment or an addition to other facial massage, zone face lift, facial reflexology and Native American Ear Candling or aesthetic beauty treatment.
To experience the best results possible it is beneficial to have regular treatments.
- Sinusitis and sinus infections
- Headaches and migraines
- Facial paralysis
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Rigid muscles of TMJ (temporal mandibular joints)
- Reduces lines and wrinkles
- Helps reduce puffy eyes
- Sculpts Jaw line
- Improves elasticity
- Firms skin tone and muscle
- Helps clear out and reduce pore size
- Diminish scar tissue and soften stretch marks
- Skin care products absorbed better and more effective
- Relaxes tension in facial muscles, easing expression lines
Advice to follow before and after Facial Cupping
It is advisable to avoid makeup following the treatment to reduce impurities in the skin. Drink plenty of water to aid detoxification and to keep hydrated before and after the treatment.
Avoid any form of hair removal either through waxing, shaving or electrolysis. Exposure to the sun should be avoided for 12 hours before or after treatment as skin may be a little sensitive.
Contraindications for Facial Cupping
- Botox or facial fillers (after 2 months)
- Facial surgery or dental surgery (after3-6 months)
- Cold sores
- Open wounds
- Severe Acne
- Extremely sensitive skin
- Broken capillaries
- Not suitable for children or very elderly
How often should I have treatments?
Ideally it is recommended to have 1-2 treatments every week and 6 to 12 treatments in total. How many sessions required depends on the client’s skin condition and what results they would like to achieve.
After the course of Facial Cupping monthly treatments are advisable.
(courtesy of cuppingmassage.org)