What the Cup?

What is Cupping?

Cupping is an ancient therapy used for pain reduction, boosting the body’s immune system, and releasing rigid soft tissue.Ā Cupping therapy has been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for centuries, and the results that this simple treatment produces are impressive.

I offer both Air Cupping (done with a hand-held pneumatic pump) and traditional Fire Cupping (done with šŸ”„FIRE). Both techniques are painless, yet highly effective.

What Are the Benefits of Cupping?

  • flushes lactic acid & stagnant blood from acute & chronically contracted muscles
  • breaks up adhesions in soft tissue
  • relieves pain from sciatica, back pain, shin splints, whiplash & other conditions
  • alleviates discomfort from respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis & the common cold
  • boost the immune system
  • encourages a sufficient supply of nutrition and blood circulation to muscle & skin tissues
  • moves old blood & lymph fluid out of soft tissue
  • increases secretion of digestive fluids &relives chronic gastroenteritis & colon blockages
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How often should I get a massage?

How often should I get a massage?
Every day! Well, maybe thatā€™s not practical, even though it would be nice. This is one of the most common questions clients ask me aboutĀ and it really all depends on WHY you get massages. Do you get massages for the health benefits? Or, to help you relax and handle the stress of everyday life? Most likely itā€™s a combination of the two, so letā€™s look at a coupleĀ of the most common reasons to get regular bodywork:

Relaxation & Stress Relief
One of the very best reasons to get a massage is for relaxation. Relaxation massage helps to support your body, including blood circulation and flexibility of joints. Regular massage can help prevent pain, muscle tension, and stress points from building up and causing problems.

If you’reĀ in a high-stress job or work in an environment where you stay in a certain position for a long period of time (at a computer for example), you may begin to develop tight or ā€œknottedā€ muscles. This will frequently occur in your shoulders, arms, and back. All of this increased muscle tension will make movement harder and can cause a great deal of pain. Regular massage can help to keep you loosened up and will help to prevent pain and stiffness.

Living with high levels of stress for a prolonged amount of time increases the risk of contracting heart disease and other diseases. It’sĀ been estimated that 75 ā€“ 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related problems. The good news is, massage can help! Just knowing your massage is coming up in a few days can help toĀ relieve stress, and a massage every 2-4 weeks will help with stress related tension.

Why wait until you have a problem to get a massage? Massage is perfect for preventing issues with your tissues. Relaxation massage is usually recommended at least once per month, or as often as you want!

Chronic Health Conditions
People with ongoing health issues often find massage very helpful to alleviate symptoms. Chronic health problems that greatly benefit from massage therapy include back pain, joint pain, and localizedĀ inflammation. If you get therapy for specific issues, the frequency of getting massage therapy varies with the type of condition you have and how severe it is.

Relief from pain caused by a chronic condition can usually be achieved with 2-4 massage sessions per month and once the condition is being managed a maintenance schedule can be established.

Three Tips to Quiet Your Mind

Three Tips to Quiet Your MindĀ 
If you are not extremely busy in todayā€™s society, you are the exception and not the rule. We are all in high gear; we overextend, overachieve, and overstress ourselves to the point of breaking. This can have lasting negative effects on our health! Here are a few ways to break the cycle:

Gratitude
11351163_10206828990466951_1840282642819684677_nIt is so easy to be upset when things don’t go our way. From the moment we spill our coffee, lock our keys in the car, and forget our lunch, a spiral of circumstances can set us off into a tailspin of negativity. We can choose to stay in a state of discontent and let that dictate our day, or we can be grateful for the other things in our lives even if they are not present in front of us right now.

Did you ever notice that when something nice happens, we tend to smile for a moment and then move on? However, when something goes wrong, we feel the need to tell everyone and anyone that will listen. It is in those exact moments that we need to focus on what we are grateful for, and that is how we can instantly change our perspective and attitude.

Keeping the focus on gratitude offers your mind something to smile about, regardless of outside circumstances. Focusing on people, places, and even things that make you grateful, gives your mind a break from stress!

Stillness
Everyone has a busy schedule; that is a fact. We all tend to create schedules that are overflowing and then complain that we do not have time for ourselves! Take a good hard look at your schedule and see what you can delete and what you can delegate. If you are going to have a stillnesshealthy mind, you need to take care of it just as you would your body, and that means giving it some rest.

One tip for quieting your mind is to put it on your schedule. Put it in big red pen on your calendar, text yourself a reminder, and place it on your list of things to do this week. Take time for you.

Stay in the Moment
Being in the moment has become a clichĆ©; however, if you really take the time to focus on what it means, you can start to practice quietening your mind. Focus on what you are doing at the exact moment you’re doing it. If you are washing a dish focus on the water, the soap bubbles and the dish mindfulin your hand. When you take time to do this, you will be in the momentĀ and not two days from now when something big is scheduled.


BONUS : Love Yourself

When you truly love yourself you are able to live your life on purpose and with purpose, which allows you to exist from a place of gratitude, mindfulness and peace.