“Where there’s stagnation, there will be pain. Remove the stagnation, and you remove the pain.” ~ Chinese Proverb
CUPPING THERAPY is an ancient practice that spans both East and West. In the East, the Chinese have been practicing the art of cupping for at least three thousand years. The ancient Greeks, Romans, through the Alexandrians and Byzantines, cupping therapy was passed on to the Muslim Arabs and Persians (modern Iran). The Prophet Mohammed even approved and permitted the use of Hijama cupping therapy.
The old Chinese wisdom implies that pain results from the congestion, stagnation, and blockage of Qi, or vital energy, vital fluids, lymph, phlegm, and blood. If pain is the element of disease, then suffering is a result of inconsistent flow our body. Cupping is, therefore, a way of breaking up the blockage to restore the body’s natural flow of energy.
Cupping relieves tired, sore, and overworked muscles, perfect for ridding the body of acute pain. Even better for people who need to add more to their chronic pain management regimen. Immediate stress relief will be experienced.
Is cupping safe?
Cupping is safe when done by a trained professional on people who are generally healthy.
Keep in mind: The Cups may leave big, hickey-like bruises on your skin that can last from a day to a week depending on your circulations—so if that’s not something you’re interested in ask your therapist to do gliding cupping to minimize the redness. The color of the marks will vary with each person it does not imply how well cupping will work for your body.
There is a common misconception that cupping can cause bruising. However, the marks left by cupping are not bruises. Bruising is caused by impact trauma leading to breakage of capillaries and a reactionary rush of fluids to the damaged location from the tissue injury. There is no compression in cup therapy, only negative pressure (suction not compression).
One of the ways I personally describe what cupping feels like is deep tissue the opposite say. If the suction of the cups feels too tight or pinchy the pressure can be adjusted by the therapist. It does not have to hurt at all, you don’t have to be a suck it up for it to work. The results of the work depend on the skills set of the therapist using the tools (Cups).
Even though Cupping Therapy may appear to be painful for some people it is not.
In short: Cupping is not going to do any severe damage or add to your injuries—and hey, it most likely will help that back pain that’s been bothering you for weeks, so give it a try.
Disclaimer: At Trinity Massage Haven LLC, Ellie Dukes LMT practices DRY CUPPING. Dry Cupping is approved by the Massage Therapy State Board of Pennsylvania. Cupping is a tool used in your treatment plan to help relieve/reduce/eliminate your
Your’s in Health,
Are you searching for a Licensed Massage Therapist, who knows the ins and outs of stress and how to relive it with Cupping Therapy? look no further! I’m Ellie Dukes, Licensed Massage Therapist-specializing in prenatal and oncology massage therapy for 12 years. However, I offer an array of massage services that can help combat stress and injuries. Visit me at Trinity Massage Haven in Blue Bell PA. Call to Schedule your appointment today at 267-584-3015 or Book online now.
Whiplash, also called hyperextension injury or neck strain/sprain is caused by an abrupt jerking motion of the head. The momentum from this sudden backward and forward motion causes muscle strains and/or ligament sprains in the neck. While the neck is the primary area of concern, a person may also experience pain in the back, shoulders, arms, chest, and hands. This sort of injury often occurs during car and biking accidents, especially when rear-ended.
Within 24-72 hours after the event, any of the following may be experienced:
- Neck pain
- Stiffness in neck, including reduced mobility
- Pain in shoulders
- Pain between shoulder blades
- Low back pain
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering
- Pain or numbness that travels down the arm
- Sleep disturbances
Because injuries to the discs, muscles, and ligaments, cannot be seen on standard X-rays, physicians make a diagnosis based on specific imaging tests-ultrasound and/or MRI. Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images of the soft tissue structures in the neck, i.e., muscles and tendons. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses radio waves and a strong magnet to display all structures of the neck in a very detailed image. That being said, an X-ray may be helpful in seeing if there are any fractures in the vertebrae as a result of the accident.
There are many treatment options for whiplash. Ice, heat, rest, cortisone steroid injections, pain relief medications, physical therapy, chiropractic, and/or acupuncture are all common ways people find relief.
Whether you experience minor aches and pain, or extreme discomfort, massage therapy can provide relief from whiplash symptoms. Massage therapy helps to speed the healing process by bringing fresh blood and nutrients into the area, and improving localized circulation. A variety of techniques can be employed to address whiplash-related pain…be it physical or emotional. Incidents that result in whiplash are often traumatic for people. Research studies have shown that emotional trauma can exacerbate physical pain. A general relaxation massage can help to relieve the emotional distress related to the incident.
When using massage therapy to address whiplash symptoms, it is important to wait a few days after the incident to receive more in-depth massage work; though lymphatic drainage techniques can be done soon after the event. This kind of massage is very gentle and helps to manage inflammation in the area. It is essential to see a physician shortly after the incident so that they may assess the extent of the injuries, and if there are any fractures.
In many cases, people suffering from whiplash find relief with massage therapy. I have 12 years of experience treating whiplash pain and discomfort. If you or someone you know is in need of improved mobility and pain reduction, schedule your session with me today!
Yours in Health,
Are you searching for an expert Licensed Massage Therapist, who knows the ins and outs of chronic pain relief, Look no further! I’m Ellie Dukes, Licensed Massage Therapist-specializing in prenatal and oncology massage therapy for 12 years. However, I offer an array of massage services. Visit me at Trinity Massage Haven in Blue Bell PA. Call to Schedule your appointment today at 267-584-3015 or Book online now.
When I created my Summer Mojito Exfoliating Scrub in August, everyone that came in for their summer massage treat wanted to upgrade their service with a Summer Mojito and got naturally drunk off of increased endorphin levels. My massage room smelled of lime and mint goodness with tropical music in the background. If you didn’t get a chance to come in you missed it sorry.
So let me back up, two years ago Fall, I jumped on the pumpkin spice bandwagon. I loved pumpkin spice in my coffee so much I offered a pumpkin spice exfoliation as my Fall promotion. Every spa in town was doing it. I figured it was working so why not? I had a pumpkin spice candle. I thought it was a hit. A couple of people loved it, so I brought it back last year. Who wouldn’t repeat what works right? Wrong! It did not do so well the second time around. I had a client told me she HATED pumpkin spice. I was shocked. She is my top VIP client. Why wait until summer to say something to me, ma’am. I thought we had a relationship. We do. But she was super busy and decided to skip that month so all the Pumpkin freaks can get it all in. Naturally, I checked to see if she came last Fall. Welp, she skipped the whole month because of it. Then yesterday I had another VIP told me he hated pumpkin spice. What? Do all my VIPs hate pumpkin spice? Well, I made something special for my VIP Haters.
For my Pumpkin Spice Haters ( I love you all to life)
For my population of Pumpkin Spice haters. I mean that in a good way! I broke up with my coffee addiction about a year ago; Now I understand how you feel. I walked into WAWA for a salad the other day, and the pumpkin spice smell hit me right in the sinuses. I started doing the weird nose thing allergy sufferers do. That smell can SUCK for real. Yesterday I went to Starbucks because I had a gift card.
I wanted to scream Jesus take the wheel. Who invented this? So I got on my phone “ok google who invited pumpkin spice coffee” That darn google said PETER DUKES. What? A man with MY last name invented it. Oh, the irony. I’m so sorry I put some people on level 10 of pumpkin trauma.
So for all the Pumpkin Spice Haters, I’ve tossed out the Pumpkin Spice. I’ve created a fabulous Apple Cinnamon Brown Sugar Scrub. I’ll even add nutmeg and cloves IF you like those smells. I’ve checked every spa in town, and no one is offering my blend. Praise the Scrub Gods I’m standing out this FALL. #WINNING
Here is my easy DIY scrub recipe
APPLE CINNAMON EXFOLIATING BODY SCRUB RECIPE
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup of applesauce
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon powder
5 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
Directions: Mix all of it in a bowl and presto you are ready for your shower.
If you rather get it done by Ellie Dukes, your massage therapist located in Blue Bell PA. Click here to book your massage “Fall Special” today.