What is cupping?
Cupping is a therapy used in traditional Chinese medicine (tcm), and is often used in integrative medicine to remove stagnation and stimulate the flow of qi (chi). qi is the free flow of vital energy circulating through the body and the world around us, if the qi is disrupted or disturbed, it can create stagnation (blockages) or imbalances in the body.
What can it help with?
- Rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
- Back pain
- Headache or migraine
- Knee pain
- Muscle pain and soreness
- Neck and shoulder pain
What happens during a cupping session at mind.body.balance?
A therapeutic cupping treatment involves warming and placing cups on the skin. By warming the air within the cup, a vacuum is created, and when it is applied to the skin, the tissue is drawn up into the cup. This increases the blood flow, loosens the fascia or connective tissue, and is thought to stimulate healing.
it is similar to the way deep tissue massage can be used to break up scar tissue and reduce pain. the cups are often placed on the back, neck, and shoulders or the site of pain. the cups are removed by lifting one edge, which allows air in and breaks the seal and vacuum.
What’s up with those funky circle marks?
Cupping may cause temporary bruising and soreness, depending upon the degree of suction created by the vacuum and the level of internal stagnation.
According to tcm, this would be a favorable outcome, suggesting the treatment has successfully removed toxins and stagnation, contributing to overall wellness.
How much does it cost?
$50.00 for the first session, $35.00 for subsequent sessions
Sounds great! how do I get in on this?
Cupping can be added on after your acupuncture appointment with either Joe or Dr. Peterson. Simply let Tami know when scheduling that you would like to schedule this service.
What is integrative medicine?
Integrative medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative.