What is Myofascial Cupping?
Myofascial cupping is an ancient eastern healing art that is gaining popularity in the western world due to its many benefits. During a treatment, suction cups are used to create a negative pressure on superficial tissues to draw nutrient rich blood which promotes healing. Traditionally, in eastern medicine they would use fire to remove the air from glass cups creating a vacuum effect, and place the cups along energy meridians. However at Ben Gooding Sports Massage this is modified and the cups I used are plastic with a suction gun to remove the air.
- Healing tissues by bringing increased circulation and oxygen to enhance collagen production and tissue repair (great for scar tissue)
- Creates a negative pressure which passively stretches myofascial tissue, resulting in increased range of motion
- Assists in reduction of localized inflammation and helps with recovery
- Breaks up adhesions in the fascial and musculoskeletal tissues
- Clearing the pores and removing surface toxins while pulling out old stagnate blood and toxins from the deep myofascial tissues
- Increases fluid movement which helps with detoxification of the lymphatic system, and organ systems
- Relieves muscle spasms that often cause pain
- Relaxes the sympathetic nervous system to aid stress reduction and healing
- Stimulates the blood flow to rejuvenate skin, aiding in cellulite and edema reduction and skin toning/strengthening
While cupping is extremely safe to use on most people, there are some contraindications that may prevent the use of cupping such as:
- History of vascular disease such as DVT or varicose veins
- Any bleeding, internal or external
- Open wounds or sensitive/fragile skin
- Recent operation
- Heart problems
- Blood thinning medications
**Clients should take note that any cupping treatment has the potential to leave marks on the skin. These marks are not bruises and generally aren’t tender, but can appear as light or dark red, or even purple in some cases. These marks can last anywhere from 1-7 days, therefore cupping is not recommended if, for example, you have a special occasion approaching and will be showing some skin!
I offer a number of options for workplace massage:
- One-off visits
- Regular monthly programmes
I am fully insured and have First Aid training for event work. Please contact me should you wish to discuss how I can help you at your event.
- pre event – prepares participants and enhances their performance, reducing the risk of injury
- post event – speeds up recovery by stimulating circulation, reducing swelling and removing waste products
Kinesiology tape is a thin, stretchy, elastic cotton strip with an acrylic adhesive. Therapeutic kinesiology tape can benefit a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sports injuries, plus inflammatory conditions.
Kinesiology tape is almost identical to human skin in both thickness and elasticity, which allows Kinesio tape to be worn without binding, constricting or restricting your movement.
Kinesiology tape is used for treating athletic injuries and a variety of physical disorders. Therapeutic kinesiology tape originated in Japan in the late 1970s. By 1988 the tape had been adopted by Japanese Olympic team and professional athletes before spreading across the world.
Nowadays many professional athletes use kinesiology taping to improve their sporting performance, prevent injury and allow them to return to sport more quickly after injury.
If during treatment l identify you would benefit from Kinesiology taping, I will discuss it with you and give you the option of adding it to your massage.
When To Have A Sports Massage
- In preparation for an event (ideally 3-5 days before performance)
- Recovering from an event (ideally 1-5 days after performance)
- Following an injury (to increase recovery speed and quality of injury repair)
- When performing activity on a regular basis
- When feeling tight, tense, sore or have increased DOMS
- If you have acute or chronic soft tissue injuries
When Not To Have A Sports Massage
- If you have general massage contraindications (open wounds, broken bones, bursitis, periostitis, rheumatoid arthritis, myositis ossificans, skin infections, thrombosis, bleeding disorders)
- If you are looking for a gentle experience. A sports massage is deep tissue, and you may experience some discomfort during the massage