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Cupping techniques ? 14 Replies

Started by Stephen Jeffrey. Last reply by Daniel Cohen Oct 23, 2011.

Self cupping for therapists and clients.

Started by Stephen Jeffrey Feb 25, 2011.

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Comment by Maria Troia on August 29, 2009 at 2:26pm
Can someone clarify for me? I didn't think it was in our scope to do fire cupping and that the plastic/suction gun cupping was the only thing we are permitted to do. Am I mistaken?

Also, @ Shari, I 'm not sure if this will help release that bit of skepticism you mention, but cupping creates sustained pressure to an area for a prolonged period of time. This engages the piezo-electric effect, which turns the connective tissue from a hardened/stuck/dense state to a more fluid state. Piezo-electricity is the basis for Myofascial Release (specifically John Barnes approach). And as I'm sure you know better than I, it's also the basis for acupuncture.

Anyway, in my mind, this is how I view cupping, as another method that releases piezo-electricity, frees the body to allow for better flow. Of course the positive result is what does count most, but thought that bit of info might be helpful.

Maria Troia, MSEd, LMT, NCTMB, CH
Comment by Luc Desroches on August 28, 2009 at 8:27pm
Hello,,,, yes, I tried cupping. After heating the air in the thick rimmed glass cup, I hurried up and placed the cup on my thigh (a practice run before doing it to a client). I am happy to report that the branding has lightened over the past year. Although, I still haven't found that glass cup! I'm with you Alicia.... Plastic Is Good,,,,
Comment by Alicia Barrera-Warwick,HHP,LE on August 27, 2009 at 4:18pm
I love cupping with the plastic cups as well, so less intimidating to the client (with the cotton ball and fire!). These also work well for cellulite spa body treatments too!
Comment by Shari Auth, LMT, L.Acu, NCBTMB on August 27, 2009 at 7:00am
I prefer the plastic cups with the suction gun over the glass cups and a flame. It's just more practical, less hazardous and gets the job done. Even as a practitioner I am skeptical about cupping, what assures me is the positive client response. I find it's great for tight muscular, stubborn tight spots that no amount of massage is alleviating, detox, and emotional stagnation. I find on an emotional level it's helps clients move through emotional painful situations. It helps them let go. I often think clients won't be into cupping because of the pepperoni marks, but I'm constantly suprised at how many of my clients ask for it the next time. I recommend cupping your Chiropractor friend so he/she can feel it for themselves.

Comment by Gerry Bunnell on August 27, 2009 at 4:02am
Greetings All,

I am considering adding cupping to my tool box. Any suggestions on which cups are better to use, which ones are not worth investing in? How affective is cupping in your experiences? One hurdle I have to get over is the Chiropractor in the clinic I work at doesn't buy into the idea of cupping. Any case history support you can offer is most appreciated.

Comment by Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, BCTMB on August 7, 2009 at 6:37pm
Faith - Perhaps the Chicago School of Massage would be able to provide information for you regarding cupping CLE classes in the Chicago area. Warmly, Ariana Vincent, Ariana Institute,
Comment by Z. Faith Darby on August 7, 2009 at 6:25pm
Are there any cupping CLE classes in the Chicago area?

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