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There are 4 Categories of Massage Therapy Benefits Known to Promote Wellness

The number of people taking advantage of The Benefits of Massage Therapy treatments doubled from the later years of the 1900‘s through the early years of the 21st Century (beginning on January 1, 2001)!  This data was revealed in a study conducted by the American Massage Therapy Association and the good news is that this healthy trend continues to the present day.

The benefits of massage therapy

Here are The Benefits of Massage Therapy Broken-down into Four Primary Categories:

Pain Management:

Neuromuscular massage therapy is especially effective for treating chronic cases of lower back pain, but any type of deep tissue massage can provide similar benefits for anyone dealing with body aches and pains.  If you have sore or pulled muscles due to over-exertion of any kind, getting a massage could very well be the fix your body needs.  Massage increases circulation, and blood circulation delivers oxygen to help sore muscles heal.  In addition, it also flushes-out lactic acid that can make muscles sore.

Heart Health:

Did you know that one of the benefits of massage therapy is that it can improve your heart’s health? Massage lowers your heart rate, reduces blood pressure, and improves blood circulation (thereby increasing lymph fluid flow).  These are all extremely beneficial to the overall health of your heart.  The increase in lymph fluid flow also strengthens the body’s immune system, providing further protection against conditions that may have negative effects on heart health and general wellness.

Mental and Emotional Health:

Scientific studies show that not only is massage therapy beneficial for the physical self, but it is also a great way to improve mental and emotional health, and to combat conditions like anxiety and depression.  As previously mentioned, massage increases the body’s ‘feel-good’ chemicals, including endorphins.  It also flushes-out toxins that can literally make people feel sick with worry.  Massage therapy is a great way to improve the healing of the mind-body connection, which can be your best defense against life’s stressors.

Muscle and Joint Health:

In addition to relieving soreness and tension in the muscles, massage therapy also improves their overall condition, especially when administered over an extended period-of-time.  Massage therapists typically recommend at least four sessions in six weeks, as a good start.  Another benefit of massage therapy is that it can help loosen-up tight tendons, leading to increased flexibility and range of motion.  Flexible tendons help make everyone’s life easier and for athletes and the elderly, healthy tendons can restore ease of movement.

Massage therapy can be of great benefit to a wide array of people, and for a variety of reasons.  Neuromuscular massage therapy is especially effective for treating chronic cases of lower back pain, but any type of deep tissue massage can provide similar benefits for the physical self, but it is also a great way to improve mental and emotional health.  Enjoying a massage does wonders to combat conditions such as anxiety, burn-out and depression and those a only a few of the benefits of massage therapy a person can experience.

If you are interested in finding out what the benefits of massage therapy can do for you, then it’s time you find a massage therapist that you can trust.  Lorrie J. Peterson, in Stockton, CA, is the therapist you’re seeking.  She is a massage therapist that specializes in pain management and… she’s also a Reiki (Pronounced =: Ray-key and it’s a Japanese form of energy healing) Practitioner.  That means that her massage clients also receive the healing benefits of Reiki during their massage sessions. That’s a
two-for-one bargain at no additional cost.

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What in the World is Cupping Therapy and What Does It Do?

Cupping Therapy Gained Popularity During the 2016 Summer Olympics

Most people learned about cupping therapy when it was all over the news during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.  Michael Phelps and other athletes were seen with those round hickey-like marks on his back and arms (these are left behind after the process, typically for 2 to 7 days).  Since Rio, many movie stars have also been spotted with the tell-tail signs of a recent cupping session.

And, you have others who see these marks for the first time and exclaim, “What the heck caused that?”, or when they hear about cupping therapy they will say, “What in the world is cupping therapy and what does it do?”

If you are one of those who have been left in the dark when it comes to cupping therapy, here’s an explanation of cupping, beginning with…

How it Works

Cupping works by creating a vacuum within a glass jar or plastic cup – heat was originally used to create the vacuum within glass cups (often called Fire Cupping). Modern hand-pump cupping systems are safer because they eliminate the need to light something on fire in order to create a vacuum!  The modern cupping therapy systems are made of plastic.  The suction that the cupping process creates is instrumental in interrupting the way the brain registers pain. In addition, it balances the way energy flows within your body creating a space, literally, for healing to occur.

Examples of original 'Fire Cupping' and a 'Modern Cupping Therapy' treatment methods

There are two application methods used to set the cups:

  • Wet – The practitioner will apply oil to the client’s skin prior to placing the cups, or…
  • Dry – The therapy cups are placed on the client’s bare, dry skin.

When the cup is applied to the skin, the created vacuum pulls the client’s skin and muscle tissue into the cup about ½ to ¾ of an inch. The amount of suction created by the practitioner depends on the condition being treated.  The cups may be moved (after oil has been applied to the skin), or they may be left undisturbed over any given area.  For example, cupping can be placed and left over the lungs (for up to 10 minutes) in order to help ease breathing and to facilitate decongestion.

This form of therapy can also be used in conjunction with acupuncture and is often called Needle Cupping.  Please note that this should only be conducted by a certified acupuncturist.

Different Types of Cupping Therapy Processes

There are different forms of cupping, but the common ones include:

Moving Cupping—

This form of cupping is exactly what it sounds like. Before the cups are placed on the body, the therapist will apply an oil-based lubricant to the area.  After the cups have been placed on the body, the cups will typically be moved up-and-down. This form of cupping is traditionally used on the back – this will help reduce the energetic stagnation that is being held in the body.

Fixed Cupping –

This is when cupping is done on a specific region of the body (typically the cups may be left in place for three to ten minutes).  This is a strong treatment that creates a strong suction, so it isn’t recommended for those that have a week constitution as it drains stagnation from the body.  During your first visit the duration of your cupping therapy will more than likely last for 3 minutes.

Flash Cupping –

This form of cupping is known for its speed.  The therapist will place many cups all at once – the cups will be left on the body for a short amount of time (normally under one minute) before they are removed, then reapplied.  This technique will take place for a couple of minutes and is great for stimulating the client’s Qi as well as blood circulation.

How Does it Feel?

When the cups are placed on your skin, you may feel a strong suction – most people find this relaxing. When you’re having the procedure done, it’s recommended that you close your eyes and imagine the pathogens being drawn-out of your body.

Cupping is used to treat many health issues, such as:

  • Treating Muscular and Joint Pain
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Asthma
  • Painful Periods
  • Fevers
  • Coughs
  • Hypertension
  • Tiredness
  • Facial Paralysis from having had a stroke
  • Varicose Veins
  • Constipation, and/or
  • Other spiritual, physical or emotional imbalances

Now that you know what cupping therapy is all about, you may want to go ahead and give it a try.  There are many benefits nesting behind this tried-and-true ancient healing treatment known as Cupping Therapy.