Welcome to Cupping Therapy

by Advanced Continuing Education


This is an information and referral site for anyone who is interested in cupping therapy. Many of the sites listed feature certified practitioners in your area. The information provided is intended as a basic guide to choosing what type of vacuum therapy you would like to research, so please visit us again for updates, video clips and more!

Traditional Cupping
Therapies

These techniques are
time tested and true,
with amazing results
that have been
documented for
thousands of years.


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Massage Cupping
Bodywork

This unique brand of bodywork uses suction
to lift tissue as the cup moves. Visit www.massagecupping.com for more information.


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MediCupping
Therapy

Based on the foundation
and structure of Massage Cupping™ bodywork, the practitioner now has a machine that will perform the static suction and multiple pumping modes. Visit www.medicupping.com
for more information.


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TheraCupping


Based on the foundation
of Massage Cupping™ bodywork, this is a
selection of equipment
for home use. Visit www.theracupping.com
for more information.


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VacuTherapies


This term is used to name
a genre of bodywork that uses suction and an
“active cup” to facilitate balance in the body.


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Vacuum Mobilization


This word says it all.
The purpose of VacuTherapies™ is to mobilize.


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Traditional Cupping Therapies
  • Traditional use has been multi-cultural, with clear records from early Egypt, China and Greece. This spread through Africa and the eastern European cultures, and was also used by the natives of America.
  • American doctors carried cupping sets into the early 20th century, and the breast pump developed from this era.
  • The most prevalent use has been in Traditional Chinese Medicine and requires knowledge of TCM theory.

What is the difference between current vacuum therapies and traditional Chinese cupping? In Traditional Chinese Medicine, stationary cups are placed on the skin and left fora period of five to fifteen minutes, and the cups may also be moved over the area to raise “sha”. The goal of Chinese cupping therapy is to move stagnation of blood and chi, disperse internal heat, and other applications based on Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnostics. Traditional cupping therapies are also generally used in many cultures on adults and children for respiratory conditions, pain relief, and multiple other uses in home health care.

Massage Cupping Bodywork
  • This creates space and separation in the tissues that allows the therapist to work more effectively and comfortably on the client.
  • Massage Cupping™ is a specific set of movements that the trained practitioner uses in different combinations to quickly facilitate elimination of debris and release of rigid soft tissues.
  • The movements and techniques stay within the boundaries of professional licensing and may be adapted to almost any modality that the therapist has training in.
  • The only limitation is the creativity of the therapist!

Massage Cupping™ therapy is a more commonly used tool for massage therapists and other healthcare practitioners. The movements are specific to bodywork and stay within the boundaries of professional licensing. Before applying the cup, the therapist will administer oil or lotion to facilitate smooth movement, since the cup is kept active and is not left stationary on the client’s body. The entire back may be treated, including the neck, shoulders, middle and lower back, and sacral area. The hip and thigh areas may also be treated, and abdominal Massage Cupping™ bodywork feels just incredible. Almost every area of the body responds to this unique treatment.

http://www.massagecupping.com

MediCupping™ Therapy
  • This creates space and separation in the tissues that allows the therapist to work more effectively and comfortably on the client.
  • Massage Cupping™ is a specific set of movements that the trained practitioner uses in different combinations to quickly facilitate elimination of debris and release of rigid soft tissues.
  • The movements and techniques stay within the boundaries of professional licensing and may be adapted to almost any modality that the therapist has training in.
  • The only limitation is the creativity of the therapist!

Massage Cupping™ therapy is a more commonly used tool for massage therapists and other healthcare practitioners. The movements are specific to bodywork and stay within the boundaries of professional licensing. Before applying the cup, the therapist will administer oil or lotion to facilitate smooth movement, since the cup is kept active and is not left stationary on the client’s body. The entire back may be treated, including the neck, shoulders, middle and lower back, and sacral area. The hip and thigh areas may also be treated, and abdominal Massage Cupping™ bodywork feels just incredible. Almost every area of the body responds to this unique treatment.

http://www.medicupping.com

TheraCupping
  • A great way to empower us in our own recovery and wellness, the equipment comes with a comprehensive educational DVD.
  • Safe and effective equipment that is also beautiful!
  • Visit our special breast health mission at http://www.pinkcupproject.com

To create suction on the body surface, TheraCupping™ utilizes glass, plastic or soft silicone cups. These cups are moved over the skin using gliding, shaking, popping and rotating techniques while gently pulling up on the cup, or may be parked for a short time to facilitate joint mobilization or soft tissue release. This suction reaches deep into the soft tissue, attachments and organs. Another benefit is to pull toxins and inflammation from the body to the surface of the skin where the lymphatic system can more readily eliminate them.

http://www.theracupping.com

VacuTherapies™

Another effective application of VacuTherapies™is in the treatment of cellulite. A very light suction provides drainage, while heavier application can be used to stimulate circulation and loosen adhesions or “dimpling.” Treatments using a vacuum also include a revolutionary face lifting and drainage treatment and magnetic micro-cup reflexology for the feet end hands. The magnetic equipment is showing great results in the treatment of injury sites, neuropathy and pain.

Physiological Effects:

  • Decrease or relieve pain and inflammation
  • Release deep muscular issues
  • Release and soften scar tissue
  • Lift and stretch soft tissue
  • Increased range of movement
  • Open chest and lungs
  • Improve circulation
  • Drain lymph fluid, clear drainage pathways
  • Sedate the nervous system
  • Open energy flow of the body
  • Dredging and clearing old residue (blood and solidified lymph from injuries, surgeries, and chronic movement patterns) out of the muscle and soft tissue -- "milking the tissue"

Vacuum Mobilization
This word says it all. The purpose of VacuTherapies is to mobilize.
Soft Tissue - fascia, muscle, tendons and ligaments
  • Stagnation - lymph, old blood and old debris, inflammation
  • Joints
  • Body fluids
  • Organs

Purpose: To promote health and healing by loosening soft tissue and connective tissue, scarring and adhesions, moving stagnation and increasing lymphatic flow and circulation.

Conditions that Respond to Vacuum Mobilization include:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Bursitis, Tendonitis and other inflammatory conditions
  • Sluggish colon, IBS
  • Stagnant lymph and edema
  • Poor circulation
  • Sciatica
  • Insomnia and anxiety
  • Poorly nourished skin and muscle tissue
  • Lung inflammation and congestion
  • Cellulite
  • Toxicity
  • Migraine and headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Asthma and pneumonia
  • Neuralgia and rheumatism
  • Pre- and post-operative conditions
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Diabetes
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Athletic stress and injury

Physiological Effects:

  • Decrease or relieve pain and inflammation
  • Release deep muscular issues
  • Release and soften scar tissue
  • Lift and stretch soft tissue
  • Increased range of movement
  • Open chest and lungs
  • Improve circulation
  • Drain lymph fluid, clear drainage pathways
  • Sedate the nervous system
  • Open energy flow of the body
  • Dredging and clearing old residue (blood and solidified lymph from injuries, surgeries, and chronic movement patterns) out of the muscle and soft tissue -- "milking the tissue"

 

"As a professional mountain bike racer, I am required to be at my best physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. When I receive treatments ... all these needs are met. I especially love the VacuuMobilization™ techniques as I can feel the lactic acid leaving my muscles and returning me to a blissful state. My legs feel lighter, faster, leaner and stronger, and that is all I could ever ask for!"

Willow Koerber, Bronze medalist at the 2009 UCI world championships in Canberra AUS

 

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