Cupping Des Moines, WA

Ascension Wellness offers therapeutic cupping in Des Moines, WA.

We are highly trained in many cupping techniques such as heated silicone cupping, kangzu, facial cupping, abdominal cupping and medicupping.

What is cupping? Cupping is the therapeutic application of suction cups to the body. The most basic explanation is to call it “reverse massage.”  You may have seen it on TV, as a person wields a flame under a cup and attaches it to the body. Very popular in Asian healing cultures, it actually has been practiced by ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and more recent cultures like South America, Russia & the US. Baguanfa is the modern term for Suction Cup Therapy. Baguanfa therapies have been used by healers for more than 5,000 years and are still common today in many cultures around the world. You can find therapeutic cupping here in Des Moines, WA.

As a massage therapist, I have found cupping to be one of the most effective ways to relieve muscular stress and tension. The process is simple, relaxing, and effective on so many levels.

Small plastic or silicone cups with an air valve are placed on the skin and a pump is used to create a vacuum. This gently pulls the skin and muscle up producing temporary local congestion and stretching the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. When the vacuum is released, your fascia (skin and connective tissue) has pulled away from the muscle and the muscle itself will have relaxed. You will also instantly notice your blood, energy, and lymph flow more vigorously through the area. Tension is released and you feel lighter.

Cupping can leave a circular discoloration that looks like bruising. This is considered an expression of stuck energy or qi being released. In other words, if you get the “Badge of Healing.” It means that you needed it. The darker the Badge the more work it did to heal you. These marks usually clear within a few days. It is important to note that the discoloration is not a “bruise.” A true bruise is an injury and it will feel tender to the touch and follow a distinctive color pattern of healing, from purple or blue to yellowish green and then fading away. A cupping mark, which is not an injury, is caused by pulling cellular debris and dead blood cells to the surface where they can be flushed out by the lymphatic system. Cupping marks should not feel tender to the touch and typically fade from a reddish hue to nothing at all.

Cupping is also effective in treating menstrual cramping, bloating, constipation, rheumatoid arthritis, swelling and certain breathing conditions such as asthma or lung congestion.

Ascension Wellness also has specialized cups that do amazing work on the face. The results can be compared to a facelift. If you have old scarring or large pores this can help as well.

What is Cupping good for?

Deep Tissue Massage – Cellulite, Scar, Stretch Marks & Varicose Veins – Myofascial Release – Lymphatic Drainage – Orthopedic Conditions – Neuromuscular Dysfunctions – Sports Massage & Injuries – Stubborn Conditions – Fibromyalgia – Trigger Point Therapy – Traumatic Injuries – Chronic Conditions -Abdominals – Reflexology – Physical Therapy – Facial & Facelift  Treatments – TMJD’s – General Relaxation & Wellness

Facial Baguanfa

Women in Asia, Russia, and Europe have been utilizing these remarkable negative pressure facial exercises for rejuvenation and maintenance for many, many generations.

Protocols for the face use the small cups to vacuum and lift the facial tissue, mimicking the pumping movements of lymphatic drainage. It is a manual method that replicates the effects of equipment currently in use in most of the top aesthetic establishments.

This procedure alone can be done in a few minutes or can complement a longer facial protocol for ultimate results.

The benefits include increased local circulation of the skin, increased nutrients brought to the epidermis, and enhanced absorption of facial topicals. The drainage of stagnant fluids from reservoir areas will reduce edema and chronic puffiness.

Lines, wrinkles and will plump whereas scar tissue will soften from the negative pressure, making it an exceptionally powerful and surprisingly relaxing enhancement to advanced facial treatments.

The muscles of the face benefit greatly from the reduction of tension and tightness, releasing expression lines and loosening rigid muscles associated with TMJ disorders.

Sinus infections and inflammation are also directly relieved by the loosening and draining effects of the cups – many times resolving issues that many sufferers commonly turned to more radical procedures to correct.

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Cupping Therapy in Des Moines, Washington