The fascia forms the largest system in the body as it is the system that touches all the other systems.
- James L. Oschman, PhD
Fascia is a tough connective tissue, one that touches, covers, and connects each muscle, bone, nerve, organ, and vessel as it spreads throughout the body in a three-dimensional-web.
This web of tissue responds to our daily movement patterns and the demands placed on it. If the body is not moving fully and optimally the fascial system is not being stimulated, and over time it will harden, restricting the movement of each structure it touches.
Myofascial cupping is a technique in which hard or soft cups are applied to the body to create change and encourage balance and healing of the fascial, muscular, and organ systems.
By creating negative pressure (or suction) on the skin, myofascial cupping pulls up the underlying fascia and tissues, decompressing and releasing restrictions, adhesions, and congestion.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN YOUR MYOFASCIAL CUPPING SESSION
Your first myofascial cupping appointment will be very similar to that of a holistic bodywork and massage treatment.
It will include introduction to the
anatomy and ways in which your body is connected as a whole.
A detailed review of your health history and your goals in incorporating myofascial cupping into your bodywork and massage treatments will be completed.
During your session, myofascial cups are applied to the skin and may be glided along the muscles or left stationary for up to 15 minutes.
In addition to the use of myofascial cupping and fascial release techniques, your individualized treatment will include use of Swedish, therapeutic and deep tissue (when the body allows) massage techniques, trigger-point therapy, breath-work, table Thai Massage and assisted stretching, and marma therapy - similar to reflexology.
WHAT TO EXPECT FOLLOWING YOUR MYOFASCIAL CUPPING SESSION
Some individuals may experience circular discolouration marks on their skin ranging from light pink to a dark red or purple colour after a cupping treatment. These marks are temporary and may last a few moments, to a couple of hours or weeks depending on the individual.
Self care suggestions such as therapeutic movement, stretches, yoga postures, breath work, meditation, hydrotherapy, and relaxation techniques will be provided at the end of your treatment and will be your greatest tool in continuing your healing journey outside of your holistic bodywork and massage sessions with me.
Completing self care can renew your trust, confidence and faith in your body as well as provide a greater improvement of your symptoms.