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Cupping & Scraping


Cupping & Scraping


Scraping Therapy

(Also called “Gua Sha”)

Scraping Therapy, also called “Gua Sha”, is a soft tissue mobilization technique that helps to aid your body in healing from soft tissue injuries by breaking up scar tissue, flushing toxins, and increasing flexibility, while reorienting fibers in more healthy patterns.  

When soft tissue is damaged in your body, adhesions are often formed as your body’s way of dealing with the injury. Adhesions are basically scar tissue build-up and becomes a source of pain.  Scraping can be beneficial in reducing scar tissue, fascia restrictions, strained muscles and more.  In most cases, scraping should help provide pain relief when administered by a trained therapist.

The “Yin” style utilizes a light pressure and is aimed at moving fluids (removing toxins via the lymph system and increasing nutrition flow).  This is great for fibromyalgia and other systemic deficiencies, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, and helps the body’s immune system, in general.

Deeper scraping techniques can improve ligament, tendon and cartilage flexibility, fluidity and strength. This modality is appropriate for treating range of motion issues, specifically fibrotic tissue issues around joints, by increasing flexibility while reducing muscle spasms.  

Aside from systemic and musculoskeletal issues, scraping can benefit the body by reducing fatigue and anxiety, helping to reduce headaches and overall pain in the process.

Precautions include: Varicose veins, open sores, eruptive skin conditions, acute stages of surgery or injury sites, and pregnancy.  It should not be performed over implants or on someone currently taking blood thinners.  

Cupping Massage Therapy

There are myriad versions of cupping including the very basic stationary methods and those with movement, such as cupping “massage”. 

While stationary cups are left an average of up to 15-20 minutes and are intentionally left in place to draw out fluids as a means to help detox the body as well pre-relaxing muscle and other tissues, massage therapists often choose to utilize cups along with movement; whereby the vacuum effect (created by the cups) is used as a means to literally pull muscle fibers apart. This initiates a shifting of the alignment within whole muscle bellies and even muscle groups (helping reduce specific muscle tension, knots, etc.)

Massage Cupping is, officially, the combination of massage movements and negative pressure (created) with the use of a suction device applied over the skin and underlying tissues. A cup is positioned over the targeted treatment area, and a vacuum is created within the cup to draw the skin and underlying tissue into the cup. The produced vacuum creates a suction effect that increases blood and lymphatic circulation systemically and to the local area, relaxes muscle and supportive tissues, drawing toxins out of the body while releasing a myriad of pain causing factors along the way.

The intended level of suction strength can range from light to heavy. This variable, along with the choice of directional speed of movements performed as well as areas treated by the therapist, will produce either stimulating (toning) or sedating (draining away) effects. It is very important that therapists effectively assess the physical and emotional state of the client, before beginning the procedure, to ensure proper type and application of the cups to produce the desired outcome.

Massage cupping often produces a more rapid facilitation for soft tissue release, as it loosens  and lifts connective tissue, breaks up and drains stagnation, while increasing blood and lymph flow to skin and muscles in ways that are not possible using compression.

Another benefit of the negative pressure, produced by cupping massage, is that it can feel pretty amazing for most people. The pulling action engages the parasympathetic nervous system, allowing a deep relaxation to move through the entire body. It is not unusual to fall asleep when receiving this treatment. Clients are surprised at how relaxed, warm, and light they feel -hours or sometimes even days afterward.

“My deep healing experience during my massage with Julie was totally unexpected. I came into my appointment with very limited movement in my neck. I was in constant discomfort or pain, but really what was bothering me more was my disappointment and dissatisfaction with my (version of) Christianity. I was wondering if God was even real, to the point of leaving the church in which my husband was an elder. I was going to start a spiritual search all over again. During the massage, Julie asked to pray for me. I agreed and as she prayed silently and rocked my head back and forth, I felt a cloud lifting off my torso, and knew it was called “Sadness”. I had lost my nephew to a heart attack 2 months earlier, and didn’t realize I was still in such grief. After I released the sorrow through tears, hope was restored! I walked out so much lighter and with faith, once again, in God. Since then I have felt an innocent childlike faith blossom in my heart. Oh, and my neck also loosened up wonderfully after she prayed too!

Thank God, He knows how to heal our deepest sorrows. He never gives up or stops loving us. Thank you, Julie, for allowing God to work through your hands.”


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Please check back this fall for further specials.

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