Anita J. Shannon

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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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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Massage Cupping Therapy for Healthcare Professionals

The modern world of healing has embraced another wonderful ancient technique that has powerful results. Massage cupping is a modified version of “cupping therapy,” which has been used extensively in Chinese medicine for several thousand years.

By creating suction and negative pressure, massage cupping is used to drain excess fluids and toxins; stimulate the peripheral nervous system; bring blood flow to stagnant muscles and skin; and loosen adhesions, connective tissue and stubborn knots in soft tissue.

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Cupping on C-Section Scar Tissue

ACE’s founder, Anita J. Shannon joins us this week for a question on Cupping on C-Section Scar Tissue. Is it alright to use cupping in conjunction with visceral massage or even C-section scar? Thanks, Mel   Thanks for your email and question. Many practitioners use the techniques

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Self Cupping at Home

Anita J. Shannon joins us this week for a question on Self Cupping at Home. I have a question concerning a pt who wants to perform cupping at home and has purchased a cupping set. She is a (B)mastectomy pt with some lymph involvement. I know not to

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Scar Tissue Reduction on Breast Implants

ACE’s founder, Anita J. Shannon joins us this week for a question on Scar Tissue Reduction on Breast Implants. I just had a breast augmentation about 9 weeks ago. I had two ruptures (one in each breast) from implants that I had for almost 30 years. The

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