Massage therapy has been used as a form of healing for thousands of years. Beginning in the Eastern part of the world, this ancient “internal medicine” provides a wide variety of styles for therapists to implement into their practice.
One Eastern modality that is used by many massage therapists is Dynamic Cupping. This vacuum therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, African, and Asian cultures. Cupping uses suction to increase circulation and to soften myofascial and muscular structures. Traditional Asian cupping uses fire to provide suction while alternate cupping techniques use hand held pumps, rubber cups, and “Baguanfa” silicone cups.
If you are considering receiving dynamic cupping therapy, here’s what to expect:
Preparing For Your Cupping Session
An average session for cupping last between 10 to 15 minutes. The client will lie on their stomach while the massage therapist applies cups directly to the skin on their back. As the suction cups sit on the skin, they will pull blood circulation closer to the surface. Clients may feel some pressure, but it should not be uncomfortable. Some clients feel an immediate release of tension during the treatment, while others do not feel the results until later on.
What To Expect Afterwards
Because dynamic cupping therapy uses pressure, clients will have red marks on their skin after the session. The marks can remain for a few days, leaving the skin sensitive to touch. The results of cupping are similar to a deep tissue massage and will vary for each client.
Learning Dynamic Cupping at Healing Hands
As a massage therapist, dynamic cupping is a great form of healing for clients who experience deep muscle tension. Our course covers the basic history of vacuum therapy, including the benefits and contraindications of using cups. Students learn a basic and dynamic cupping protocol to add to existing bodywork sessions or to develop a stand-alone treatment plan. The course provides students with the basic handling of silicone cups to be able to apply, remove, and incorporate cupping movement to achieve desired outcomes of circulation, adhesion/muscle knot breakdown, and relaxation.
Our Dynamic Cupping course will be held in Laguna Hills during our Summer Session!
September 8th to September 22nd, 2019, every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Within both of our programs, students are able to take courses that specialize in both Eastern and Western styles.
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