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Upcoming Cupping Therapy Workshops for December

Throughout many cultures, December is a month spent with the ones most important to you. Our Certified Massage Cupping Educators are so excited to spend a few days with each one of you during our live in-person workshops held throughout the month. Whether it be taking in

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Vacuum Therapies for Pain Relief

By Anita J. Shannon, LMBT and Rita Woods, LMT Originally published in Massage Magazine, August, 2013. Pain is the most consistent complaint brought to professional health care practitioners. To effectively deal with the wide variety of pain conditions, the true cause of the pain must be located

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Integrating Vacutherapies Helps Achieve Homeostasis

Let’s play a quick word association game. Here goes: equilibrium, stability, balance, regulate, internal, conditions. And the word we’re looking for is: Homeostasis. Simply defined, homeostasis is the monitoring and maintaining of the body’s internal environment. This process aids the body in maintaining a balanced and healthy state.

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Massage Cupping and the Preacher

By Randy Heaps, LMT, CMCE Originally published in Massage Today, June, 2015, Vol. 15, Issue 06 I met Preacher Bob about two years ago. He had heard from a friend who was a client of mine about these cup thingys that I use in my practice. When I

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VacuTherapies: New Tools in Our Fight Against Scar Tissue

Fact:  All injuries cause micro tearing of the body’s soft tissue.  After the inflammatory process, which is the body’s natural healing process, healing occurs with the formation of scar tissue.  This action occurs during the proliferation phase of healing in which there are two types or stages of scar tissue formation:

Immature– Immediately after a wound heals, the scar is immature. During this period it may be painful, itchy or sensitive as nerve endings within the tissue heal.  Exercise, massage and heat application will have the greatest positive effect on an immature scar.
Mature– Depending on the size and depth of the wound, scar tissue will cease production 3 to 18 months following wound healing. When scar tissue is no longer produced, the scar is considered mature. While techniques to reduce scar tissue in a mature scar are effective, a more disciplined and vigorous approach is necessary.

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Vacuum Therapies for Breast Care and Surgical Applications

The last two years revealed some amazing experiences as we delved deeper into breast care and surgical applications using vacuum therapies. In 2015 I organized two practicum programs, where graduates came to work on clients who have had issues around breast health such as fibrocystic and dense breast tissue, and surgeries such as lumpectomies, mastectomies, breast augmentations and reductions.

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Vacuum Therapies for Surgical Preparation and Recovery

Surgery can be one of the most traumatic, yet helpful, events that a person can undergo. Proper preparation and effective techniques for recovery can make a world of difference in the experience.
Vacuum therapies present a successful path to integration with the medical community, and allow us to work directly with the surgeons and have access to diagnostic reports.

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Make the Time to Transform Your Practice

Therapeutic benefits of massage therapies continue to be studied and documented. Recent studies have increased the amount of data supporting benefits beyond the wellness aspects and attention is turning to medical conditions.

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Medicupping: Have You Got Issues in Your Tissues?

This is just one of the reasons I was so excited when I left my MediCupping training… Therapists who have explored the use of vacuum therapies in bodywork have found that the addition of suction and lifting to other massage techniques has produced radical changes for clients and for themselves. One of the most amazing aspects of this technique is the “separation” that the vacuum produces in tissue layers. This enables water absorption and renewed blood flow to undernourished and dehydrated tissue as well as the elimination of old waste and congestion. It has become evident that separation and drainage of fused, congested soft tissue produces an increase in tissue and systemic function and is a great catalyst for change in health.

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Cupping Therapy: Relief for the Face, Head and Neck

Cupping therapy, or vacuum therapy, can be used for a variety of applications, from head to toe. One special focus is the head, neck and face, as these are often areas of pain and dysfunction. Headaches, sinusitis, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, lymphatic issues, chronic inflammation, and surgical preparation and recovery are common concerns for many people who come to see massage therapists.

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