Cupping Therapy for
Lymphatic Drainage, Scar Release,
and Relief of Muscle Tension

What Is Cupping?

Cupping Therapy is an ancient technique that helps rid the body of chemicals, loosen stiff muscles, and free up and soften stuck down, tough scar. 

Cupping is a relaxing therapy that leaves you feeling free and revitalized.

Cupping is a method to improve your health by stimulating circulation, helping to clear lymphatic pathways for the immune system, and assisting in the elimination of bloating and water retention.  Additionally, it is an amazing way to get a strong detox by speeding up waste removal from the tissues.

Cupping Therapy Albuquerque - reduce scar, detox, help sore muscles - Pain

How Does Cupping Work?

Cupping is a unique therapy that uses negative pressure to release areas of stiff muscles and fascia.  It also facilitates the drainage of fluid which carries with it wastes and toxins that are trapped in those stuck areas.

Cupping is also great at loosening adhesions because it is able to lift up connective tissue – something that cannot be done with massage.  In massage we use compression and shearing force to manipulate tissues.

Facial Cups with oil - Cupping Therapy Albuquerque - improve collagen production

Cupping’s negative pressure gives therapists an entirely different dimension in which to work – by allowing the therapist to pull upwards and gently twist tissue.  This makes cupping an outstanding method for releasing scar tissue.

Additionally, he blood flow to the area is immediately increased when cups are applied.  Blood flow is how tissues are nourished, so in addition to the flushing away of toxins, cells get an immediate influx of nutrients so they have the materials necessary to repair and make more of themselves – meaning that healing is facilitated.

There has been considerable research done on cupping.  To read the research for yourself, click here.

 

It Feels Great!

Getting down to the nitty-gritty of the matter (not all of us really care about the science behind how cupping works), simply put – Cupping Feels Amazing!

What Does Cupping Do?

Research shows that the effects that cupping has on the body are systemic (that it affects the whole body), and that these effects are positive.

 

Cupping has a positive effect on the skin.

Because cupping increases the circulation of blood, there is an increase in skin temperature, delivery of nutrients to cells.  As a result, the basic functions of the skin are improved.  This includes increased metabolism, cutaneous respiration, and the functioning of the sweat and oil glands in the skin.

Cupping Helps The Muscles

Just like with the skin, cupping significantly increases blood flow into the muscles and their attachments (tendons).  Due to the increased fluid movement, lactic acid and other toxins are moved out of the tissues, and this effect has been found to last for some time following cupping therapy.

Where Does Cupping Come From?

First developed in 1550 BCE (that’s over 3,500 years ago), cupping has been found in many cultures throughout the world.  It came to China in 281 CE.  Glass cupping relics have even been found in Jamestown settlement archeological digs.  But that wasn’t its introduction to North America.  Native Americans were already doing it by the time the Jamestown settlers arrived.

How did so many cultures come about the same idea despite the long distances?  It appears that the earliest evidence of cupping sprang up in many places around the world without ideas being brought from elsewhere.  Later on when people traveled around the world, its popularity spread.

Many Westerners only learned about it in recent years through the images of Michael Phelps with visible cup marks at the Olympics.  “What the heck did he do to himself?” many folks asked.  “If it’s good enough for him, I might as well give it a try,” thought many others.  Through this sudden interest in the benefits of cupping, a resurgence of cupping in North America began.

Did You Know?  There Are Many Types of Cupping.

While I don’t use several traditional forms of cupping such as employing cups made from animal horns, or fire or wet cupping that are common in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there are several types of modern cupping that I do use.

Baguanfa Cups

Baguanfa Cups are silicone style cups that get squeezed to remove the air from them, and then are applied to the skin – usually with some form of lubricant like coconut oil.

The advantage of Baguanfa Cups is their physical flexibility which allows them to be placed in harder to cup areas – like over bones and on curves on the body.

 

Baguanfa cup used on leg Cupping Therapy Albuquerque - reduce scar, detox, help sore muscles - Pain

Baguanfa Cups

Facial Cups

Facial Cupping is an excellent way to rejuvenate the face and neck using very gentle cups.  Lymphatic flow is improved, tissue plumps up, and the regrowth of collagen is facilitated.
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Facial Cups

Reflexology Magnetic Haci Cups

Haci Cups provide a unique reflexology experience by combining cupping, magnetic therapy, and acupressure.  The magnets in the cups have dull points on them that can accurately target acupressure points – either stimulating or sedating them, depending on whether positive or negative magnets are used.

Truly a unique experience, Reflexology Cupping takes reflexology to another level.

 

Albuquerque Reflexology Magnetic Haci Cupping Therapy - Pain

Reflexology Magnetic Hacil Cups

Kangzhu Cups

Kangzhu Cups are a rigid plastic cup with a valve at the top.  Suction is created with a special vacuum pistol that sucks the air out.  Kangzhu cups are great for orthopedic problems and for use with digestive issues.

Kangzhu Cups simulate the same style of cupping that is commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (fire cupping) without the risk of getting burned.  In fact, many TCM practitioners have switched to Kangzhu Cups because they are so much easier to use.

Kangzhu Cups with suction gun - Cupping Therapy Albuquerque - Pain

Kangzhu Cups

Vacuum Cupping Machine

The vacuum cupping machine works very similarly to other cupping methods, but instead of the suction being done by hand it is automated.  The vacuum cupping machine is great to use for lift-style procedures such as facelifts, breast lifts, and butt lifts when someone wants to avoid surgery.
Cupping Machine used on leg Cupping Therapy Albuquerque - reduce scar, detox, help sore muscles - Pain

Vacuum cupping promotes lymphatic flow and blood circulation which aids in eliminating toxins.  It also lifts connective tissue, bring blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles.  Increased blood flow means more nutrient delivery.  When tissues have adequate nutrition they can repair themselves and be healthier.

Research shows that cupping stimulates collagen formation, enhancing tissue elasticity and tightness.

Recover Faster. 
Feel Better Today.

Pain & Swelling Solutions
135 Madison St NE   Albuquerque
Shannon Goins, Certified Lymphedema Therapist - Pain & Swelling Solutions, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Certified Cupping Therapist
Shannon Goins
Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Terapeuta linfática certificada

Recuperarse más rápido.
Sentirse mejor hoy.

Doy la bienvenida a los clientes que hablan español.

Si habla usted español, por favor envíeme un mensaje de texto o correo electrónico en español.

No hablo mucho español, pero estoy aprendiendo.

Puedo comunicarme contigo usando el traductor de google. Muchos de mis clientes no hablan inglés y no tengo problemas para comunicarme con ellos.

Recover Faster. 
Feel Better Today.

Shannon Goins, Certified Lymphedema Therapist - Pain & Swelling Solutions, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Certified Cupping Therapist
Shannon Goins
Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Terapeuta linfática certificada

Recuperarse más rápido.
Sentirse mejor hoy.

Doy la bienvenida a los clientes
que hablan español.

Si no habla inglés, envíeme un mensaje de texto o correo electrónico en español.

¡No hablo mucho español, pero estoy aprendiendo!

Puedo comunicarme contigo usando el traductor de google. Muchos de mis clientes no hablan inglés y no tengo problemas para comunicarme con ellos.

Pain & Swelling Solutions
135 Madison St NE   Albuquerque