As a Massage Therapist/Esthetician/Trainer, I am always expanding my knowledge on the best practices to better serve my clients.  About 10 years ago I was introduced to cupping and began to use fire jars for my practice. Now Michael Phelps brought back the trend in a big way…OLYMPICS showing.

Before we go any further let’s clear up what cupping is:

2016-09-17-10-37-57First off there are a few kinds of cupping, Stationary (Chinese Healer), Myofascial Decompression and Massage/MediCupping. It’s a vacuum therapy that is used to soften tight muscles and tone attachments, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, bring hydration and blood flow to body tissues, move deep inflammation to the skin surface for release, and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways.  To break that down to layman’s terms, we create a vacuum (with fire, pump, or machine) in specially designed cups/jars ( glass, silicone, or plastic). Then we place it on your skin to lift and separate tissue to obtain healthy results.

michael-phelpsWith Michael Phelps big showing of the “Cup Kisses” on his shoulder, I thought it’d be a good time to bring the therapy back to my clients.  Don’t be alarmed! No that cup kiss is not a bruise. It is usually due to toxins or stagnant blood brought to the surface.  And yes it can happen to you too but only lasts a few days.

What it does:

ACE Medi Cupping™ therapy is not just for pro athletes but with most clients in a non invasive technique that achieves powerful results:

  • Cellulite Reduction
  • Pain Reduction
  • Joint Mobilization
  • Lymph Drainage
  • Scar Reduction
  • Pre- and Post-Operative Therapy to
    Shorten Recovery Time & Enhance Surgical Results
  • Releasing Tight, Contacted Muscle Tissue
  • Contouring the Face & Body
  • Assisting with Weight Loss Programs
  • Athletic Performance Enhancement
  • Detoxification – Movement of Stagnation

Brandi Ross, a certified athletic trainer from UC who also works with athletes at the Olympic training center says, “I’ve been using MFD in my practice for over a year now. I’ve used it therapeutically to treat almost any injury, from plantar fasciitis to hamstring strains to myofascial restrictions unrelated to injury. I’m surprisingly pleased with how many of the athletes are asking for repeat treatments. Although they all complain about how sore it makes them, they are pleased and excited with the outcomes: increased flexibility, fewer restrictions, and an overall feeling of being better”.

Cupping can be a valuable treatment on its own or added to your usual treatment and the best result come with continued treatment.  I’m here to answer any questions you may have about cupping or how it can help you.   Whether you’re an athlete or working on health goals, cupping can give you that push to aide in your goal success.

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