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What is a cupping massage?

There's are few things more relaxing than enjoying a professional massage to ease your tension and get rid of any stress you're carrying on your body. What is a cupping massage? There are so many different types of massage out there, from a simple neck and shoulder massage to using various oils and ointments and creating a full body experience to remember. Some might even look like they could be painful, but aren't! A prime example of that would be a cupping massage.

What exactly is a cupping massage?
It's in the name! It is using a type of glass/silicone/bamboo/earthenware cups on specific parts of the body that need treatment. The point of using these cups on the skin is to create suction on those particular parts.

What are the benefits of a cupping massage?
When the cups are attached to the problem areas, suction form, and it's basically like pulling all the bad out of your body. Cupping helps with blood flow, general pain, inflammation, and has the same relaxation benefits as that of a deep-tissue massage.

Is this type of massage new?
Not! It might sound like a new form of relaxing massage, but it's been around for centuries. It goes back to ancient times throughout Chinese, Egyptian, and Middle Eastern cultures. Record of the use of cupping as a type of therapy dates all the way back to 1500 B.C.!

I've seen this done with fire before! Is this safe?
100%. As long as your cupping therapy is being done by a trained professional, there should be no worry of severe burns or anything unsafe. The flames never touch your skin as the therapist will either put a flammable substance (alcohol, herbs, etc.) or paper in the cup, set it on fire, and place the cup down on your skin once the fire is out. This is done because as the air cools, it creates a vacuum which provides perfect suction for the cup. If you're not a fan of fire being used, silicone cups are a great alternative since you can squeeze them before placing them on the affected area. Be advised that this method can leave the patient with very minimal burns that could leave them with a slight discomfort after the session.

Will this bruise my skin or make me bleed?
There can be light bruising depending on skin sensitivity. There should be no blood unless "wet cupping" is being done. Wet cupping is when the same process is used with the cups but the therapist will remove the cup after 3 minutes and using a small scalpel will create light, little cuts before replacing the cups and drawing out small bits of blood. During this type of cupping, it's not recommended to use more than 7 cups. 3 to 5 are the ideal number.

Cupping isn't for everyone, but it could be just the thing for someone who needs more than just a simple massage in a spa. An intimidating but highly effective form of massage might be the key!

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Is a massage okay for older adults?

As we age, our bodies begin to slow down and give us reminders like pain and stiffness. Is massage okay for senior citizens? Seniors sometimes have a difficult time continuing to enjoy physical activities due to chronic ailments like osteoarthritis or Parkinson's disease. Physical activity is exceptionally vital for older adults, however, because exercise improves flexibility, mobility, and even good mental health.

Massage therapy for older adults is an effective way to help alleviate many of the age-related symptoms and conditions we experience. With regular massage therapy, seniors experience improvements in overall quality of life with increased energy levels and an overall healthier and younger feeling.

Massage therapy benefits older adults by:

Increasing blood flow to our extremities - Good circulation becomes increasingly challenging to achieve as we age. Massage therapy provides this most critical benefit for older adults by helping blood flow accurately to the limbs.

Improving our balance and gait - As we age, our bones tend to become stiffer, increasing the risk of falling. Massage therapy's ability to increase healthy blood flow improves our balance and reduces our risk of falls.

Stimulating our nervous system - Massage therapy tells our brain to release endorphins and hormones that are beneficial for a properly functioning nervous system.

Improving our mood - Massage therapy produces feelings of connection and comfort. Combined with the release of happy hormones and endorphins, massage therapy improves our overall mood, making us feel more comfortable and more relaxed.

Increasing flexibility - Massage softens up our tight muscles and joints, giving our bodies a full range of motion and an increased ability to enjoy the physical activities involved in daily living.

Kristin Churchill is experienced in many different massage techniques for people of all ages. Schedule your appointment with Kristin today.  


Can a massage beat the winter blues?

winter massageAside from the commonly known benefits of soothing sore muscles, improving blood circulation and pain relief, massage has other, less widely known mental and emotional health benefits as well!

When you are always plagued with anxiety or depression (the winter blues), the stress hormone cortisol builds up in your body. Cortisol raises your blood pressure and lowers your immune system. 

Massage therapy works to combat these issues by increasing the flow of good hormones like serotonin and dopamine to your brain, causing instant relief from symptoms of depression and sadness.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - otherwise known as seasonal depression or the winter blues, is often triggered by the shift from summer and fall, to winter. Decreased sunlight in the winter, combined with increased time spent indoors triggers SAD in many people and significantly reduces its sufferer’s quality of life.

Massage therapy tackles these issues head-on by:

  • Reducing depression and anxiety 
  • Decreasing heart rate 
  • Reducing systolic blood pressure
  • Reducing diastolic blood pressure
  • Lowering stress hormones
  • Improving mental health

While releasing the structural collapse associated with depression, you will also be releasing the breath process which will allow depressed clients to energize their system and have more energy. This additional energy will enable them to take part in their lives and move out of depression.


Massage Rids Body of Toxins

massage toxinsWhen it comes to seeing or hearing the word ‘toxin,' most people associate it with doing a cleanse; cleansing your body of toxins, detoxing your body, etc. But what most people don’t realize is that there are other ways to rid your body of toxins without having to drink a chunky green juice or any other odd tasting liquids. In fact, some methods of detoxing your body can be downright relaxing if done correctly! Massage therapy is a great way to rid your body of toxins in the skin and feel much better almost immediately.

According to the Pain Education Institute, there has been sufficient research to back up that massage helps release toxins from the body. It works just like a massage works, from insert to origin, massaging the muscles and helping break free any toxins riddled intense, sore muscles. The most important benefit from a massage is to increase blood flow in specific areas; this helps wake up the circulatory system and recognize if there is anything wrong in the way, it’s time for it to move. After a deep massage, it is highly advised to drink plenty of water to help flush those now loose toxins out of your body for good.

A perfect addition to any massage session is the use of oils. Natural oils derived from plants can hold healing properties and aid in the elimination of toxins from the body during the massage. It also leaves the skin feeling hydrated and looking smooth, even with a possible glow.

Massage therapy is a perfect way to rid the body of nasty toxins, but keep in mind it may not be for everyone. As stated before, massage increases blood flow, and if a potential patient has any blood circulation issues, a massage could be a fatal mistake. Otherwise, there are many different styles of massage available to cleanse and detox the body and come out feeling relaxed, refreshed, and renewed!



Why a massage is beneficial between workouts!

back pain massageWe all have experienced aching muscles after working out, especially if it has been a while since we hit the gym. The pain is enough to make you want to throw in the towel and never workout again. But we know to get the results we are looking for we must persevere and work through the pain. However, you don't need to suffer as much as you think, as long as you treat yourself to a regular massage between workouts. 

Getting a massage after an enduring time at the gym can help our muscles recover faster and greatly reduces the pain we often feel right after a rigorous routine. A massage after exercising not only improves circulation but also helps to remove lactic acid and other waste products built up in the muscles.

A post workout massage also improves our bodies’ flexibility by loosening and stretching tendons and muscles. Having great flexibility helps avoid injury and ensures a better work out every time. 

We all know working out not only improves our bodies physically but it can also have a positive impact on our mental wellbeing as well. The same goes for a massage, the better you treat your body the better you will feel mentally. 

A massage can be added to your over physical fitness routine to help you stay fit the best way possible. If you would like to schedule a massage with Kristin call today! 


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