“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.
Massage therapy can benefit most individuals, whether they are active or sedentary. Yet, runners benefit greatly from massage therapy and stretching. It aids in keeping the muscles and joints resilient and pliable so that the runner can maintain their level of performance. It also helps to reduce or prevent injuries from occurring. Sports massage is often the massage of choice for runners. This therapy uses a variety of techniques that help the client to perform well in their sport of choice. There are four different kinds of sports massage: pre-event, post-event, maintenance, and injury-specific.
Pre-event sports massage helps to prepare you for your run or sporting event. The goal is for the client to feel light and loose before the race. The kinds of massage that are beneficial before an event is light to medium pressure Swedish massage, Thai massage, and/or stretching. The techniques employed in these modalities help to keep the muscles pliable and removes restrictions.
Post-event massage helps you to recover from the sporting activity. It also aids in decreasing post-exercise soreness. For optimal results, you should receive the massage no more than 36 hours after the sporting event. The massage should be firmer than pre-event, but not too hard! If the pressure is too hard, then it will cause more harm than good. It will cause more injury to the muscles and will delay their recovery. Remember, the body has just undergone stress through physical activity…so be firm but gentle! Stretching is also ideal after a run.
General massage for runners and athletes helps to loosen tight muscles and improve range of motion. The massage therapist works deeper than in pre-/post-event massage. The strokes are deep enough to make a significant change in the tissue, yet doesn’t cause the client’s body to guard or tense up. A general massage may combine stretching, Swedish massage, and trigger point work. Trigger point work involves using direct pressure on nodules (or “knots) in taut bands of muscles. Depending on the level of activity, you can receive a general sports massage on a weekly or monthly basis. Because the massage is deep, you will want to give your body a break in between sessions. You may feel soreness for 24-48 hours after the massage, then it should subside. Do not receive a general sports massage the day before a race because the body may still be sore.
Injury treatment in massage therapy helps to restore function in the muscle, tendon, and/or ligaments after an injury. It is common for runners to have injuries to their IT Band, shins, hips and feet. Depending on the extent of the injury, the massage therapist may need a doctor’s note before treatment can start.
Running is a great cardiovascular activity, that can be made even more enjoyable with the proper kind of massage therapy. Understanding its benefits will help you schedule the best possible session.
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.
Summer is here! I can’t think of a better way to beat the heat than with a nice, refreshing summer mojito. It turns out this summer treat isn’t just good for the taste buds. It’s even good for your body as well!
Back by popular demand, clients can now enjoy a Summer Mojito Body Scrub as an addition to any service. In case the thought of a mojito isn’t convincing enough here are 8 benefits you can get from exfoliating your body.
• Smoother skin
• Reduce chances of a breakout
• Lessen the appearance of dark spots
• Minimize the appearance of large pores
• Smoother elbows and knees
• Allow your moisturizer to work better
• Prevent ingrown hairs and make hair removal easier
• Reduce stress
I promise the last point is not due to alcohol
A body scrub is a skin care product that is created to remove dead skin cells present on the outermost layer of your skin. It helps to improve the look and feel of your skin by removing dirt and dead skin as well as increasing blood circulation. The essential part of the scrub needs to be abrasive enough to exfoliate but not too abrasive to damage healthy skin.
Facial scrubs sound be gentler, something with finer granules than a body scrub. Larger granules or pellets are better for rough areas like elbows, knees, and heels. Those areas have a thicker skin and are better able to handle a harsher exfoliant.
After the skin is exfoliated, your softer new skin is brought to the surface. Looking brighter, supple and better able to absorb moisturizers. Moisturizing after a scrub promotes healthy skin hydration leaving you with the perfect glow.
Summer Mojito Exfoliating Body Scrub Recipe
1 cup of organic Brown Sugar/ Sea/Himalayan Salt
1 lime (zest grated for color)
2-3 fresh chopped peppermint leaves
3-5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (Young Living Brand)
3-5 drops Lime Essential Oil ( Young Living Brand)
1/3-cup coconut or jojoba oil
Directions: Soften coconut oil by running the closed jar under warm water or leave it on the counter to warm before using.
Combine oil, sugar, grated lime zest and chopped in a small bowl or jar. Add essential oils 2 drops at a time until you have desired level of aroma. Stir. Check the consistency you want of your scrub on the back of your hand. Your exfoliating sugar scrub may harden when not in use because pure coconut oil sets unless you’ve to use fractionated coconut oil instead. No worries it only takes a few minutes to soften. Enjoy your home DIY Island Mojito Exfoliating Body Scrub.
Back By Popular Demand: Ellie Dukes LMT will be offering her Special Island Mojito Exfoliating Back, and Foot Scrub accompanied with relaxing island music for the Month of August only. Click here to schedule your Island Experience today!