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When toxins or cell waste stagnate in the muscles or joints, the body has a difficult time with waste disposal and we often experience this as discomfort or pain.

This kind of stagnation can occur for any number of reasons; injuries that never fully healed may create scar tissue and poor circulation in a localized area which creates site specific pain. You can expect some dramatic colors to appear with coloring if:


  • the issue is chronic

  • there is a history of either recreational or prescription drug use

  • you are eating more animal protein than your body can adequately tackle

  • candida or other parasite infection is present

  • you're being exposed to environmental toxins such as black mold

  • you've gone through a particularly traumatic emotional event

  • you're in a period of life where you're feeling particularly "stuck"


When our liver or kidneys are not able to process these toxins and excrete them correctly, they are put into storage to be managed at a later time - and they're usually housed in the muscle layer. The vacuum action of cupping rapidly facilitates the release of rigid soft tissues, stimulates the peripheral nervous system, loosens and lifts connective tissues, breaks up and drains stagnation. It also increases blood and lymph flow to skin, muscles, and connective tissues. It does all of these things far more rapidly and effectively than any other type of therapy, including acupuncture, massage, chiropractic adjustments, or medications. 


Cupping draws stagnant blood and other fluids that have fallen out of healthy circulation up to skin the level and away from the injury so that healthy free circulation can be restored to the affected area. Being that skin is the body's largest organ, it contains about 20% of your blood volume at any given time. The skin has a beautiful network of capillaries that make it a fantastic vehicle to transport all the stagnation that cupping pulls up into it. Cupping creates a space for oxygen, living cells, and nutrients needed for healing. The body’s capillary system at the skin level carries the toxins to the liver and kidneys, where they can be metabolized and excreted.




Below are a few things to take into consideration and do ahead of time before coming in for your cupping session:

  • Eat something prior to your session. Being cupped on an empty stomach may cause dizziness or nausea.

  • Know your upcoming social schedule. Discoloration can last anywhere from 1 hour to 3 weeks - it's difficult to predict what will happen, especially if it's your first time.

  • Bring clothing that can cover the area where you will be cupped. Following the session you will want to ensure  exposure is kept to a bare minimum. You should bring a scarf, sweater, hoodie, or jacket as cover-up.


Everyone reacts to cupping a little bit differently, so it's important to give your body a chance to recuperate after the experience.  Some clients feel ready to run a marathon while others may experience fatigue, soreness, or even mild headaches. Either way, please take note of the following:

  • Keep the cupped area covered, warm, and free from any drafts following your treatment.  Cupping opens the surface of the body, therefore temperature extremes (especially cold or wind) can trigger the muscles to go into spasm or tighten up. You need to be sure to keep the area protected and avoid activities such as hot tubs or cold showers. Warm baths are acceptable.

  • Drink plenty of water! Since toxins have been released back into your system, be sure to drink plenty of fluids to help your body flush them out.

  • Over-the-counter pain relief medication such as Tylenol or Advil in small doses are generally acceptable to manage any lasting discomfort.

  • Avoid alcohol or other toxic substances for at least 48 hours following the session. Your liver is working hard to process what has been reintroduced into the system; don't make it work any harder than it has to.

  • Take it easy! Healing happens in the quiet moments we create; so avoid strenuous activity. Give yourself permission to take down time to recuperate. 

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