Massage Therapy at Hands on Health Niagara Port Colborne

Medi Cupping Massage Therapy

gliding cupping.jpgMedi cupping is negative pressure as opposed to positive pressure applied in traditional manual treatment. The "lifting " techinques provide similar effects however without the discomfort that can result from deeper work and with quicker results! Cupping was developed thousands of years ago and though the techniques have modernized, the original philosophy remains the same. 
The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation within stagnant tissue, release congested soft tissue such as trigger points & adhesions, relieving pain & stimulating lymphatic flow to remove trapped toxins that linger in your body's tissues.

You usually will feel a resisted sensation in the area of the cup. Often, this sensation is relaxing and soothing. Depending on your comfort and your practitioner's assessment of the problem, cups may be moved around or left in place. They may remain on your body briefly or for longer amounts of time. Each treatment is unique to your needs. 
Cupping may cause the skin to temporarily change in colour, especially if there is an injury or blockage under the area that was cupped. The skin discoloration can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days, but is never painful. Once dissipated, the procedure can be repeated until the condition or ailment is resolved. Hands on Health Therapists will make every effort to prevent this normal reaction to treatment.There are a number of methods of cupping — the two most common  are "fixed cupping" and "gliding cupping."
Fixed Cupping:
The cups are placed on a selected area of your body and then left in place without being moved.
Gliding Cupping:
As the name implies, in this method your therapist applies massage oil or cream on your skin in selected places, puts the cups over the areas to be treated and then slides them around that region of the body.

Exploring the benefits of cupping if you seek relief from stress, pain from trigger points, adhesions restriction of scar tissue, allergies, fatigue, back pain, anxiety & muscle aches. Cupping has numerous benefits — it can help remove toxins from the body and stimulate the flow of fresh oxygenated blood to the affected area and throughout the body, stimulate lymphatic flow to remove toxins, manipulate adhesive scar tissue to significantly improve range of motion without the negative effects of positive pressure from manual treatment.This treatment a win win for both the patient and the therapist! 
Cupping is not exclusive to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Variations of this treatment were used by ancient Egyptians, North American Indians, early Greeks, and in other Asian and European countries. Cupping therapy was recommended by Hippocrates, the man whom many consider to be the "Father of Modern Medicine," in his guide to clinical treatment. 

It should be noted that cupping is not be used on patients who bleed easily and/or cannot stop bleeding, have skin ulcers, or edema. It is unwise to cup over large blood vessels as well. Pregnant women should be cupped with caution and never on their abdomen or lower back.


  • 30min Appointment $60
    45min Appointment $76
    60min Appointment $90
    75min Appointment $114
    90min Appointment $125


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