Myofascial CuppingCupping technique with a twist - main focus is on the release and unwinding of myofascial tissue
Myofascial cupping is used on body areas affected by pain. The negative pressure in the cups lifts the fascia and allows to brake up stagnation.
What is Fascia?
Our body fascia is the connective tissue which is made up of an elastin, collagen and a polysaccharide gel like substance that is called the ground substance. This connective tissue creates a three dimensional web or netlike system throughout the entire body and this fascial system supports, protects and connects every muscle, nerve, organ, bone and every cell in our body. This three-dimensional weblike tissue system is alive and changes as the body demands. The fascia is like a tight and strengthening sweater which, if restricted in a certain area, will cause change of movement patterns in other areas of the body. This in turn can lead to pain or joint compression or injury. Myofascial release techniques aim to release tension or pressure of fascial restrictive patterns in order to regain normal range of motion and body function.
What is Myofascial Cupping?
The Myofascial Cupping Technique™ was invented by David Sheen in 2002. This technique achieves a release of fascial restrictions by the gliding cups which are negatively pressurised over the body. This technique can be coupled with joint mobilisation. This cupping technique is a very different technique to the traditional cupping you may have heard of and experienced. With this technique, there should be no marking of the skin as the cups glide across the body and restricted or painful areas without being left in one spot where they can develop marking. Myofascial cupping should be performed at a pressure level that is almost painless to the client.
The difference to massage techniques that use compression, the Myofascial Cupping Technique™ ‘lifts and separates’ soft tissue, known as negative or tensional pressure. This method brings nutrient-rich blood supply to the tissue while giving a gentle passive stretch to the underlying soft tissue.
The Myofascial Cupping Technique™ can result in substantial benefits by assisting the body to regain optimal range of motion and by eliminating myofascial trigger points. Restrictive fascial adhesions from repetitive movements in sports, in the workplace or from lifestyle choices can be alleviated by removing the restrictions and allowing the fascia to become more fluid again. The beneficial effects of the Myofascial Cupping Technique™ can be felt right away when the restrictions are lifted .
What happens in a Myofascial Cupping treatment?
The Myofascial Cupping treatment can be applied on to pretty much all areas of the body where remedial massage can be applied. However, most of the times your therapist will apply this healing technique on body areas that show effects of restriction and a decreased range of motion. You may find yourself lying on your stomach just to be asked to flip over on your back. Any way that is best for the therapist to access the areas of restriction (i.e. shoulder etc) and to lift away the tension with the pressurised cups.
The feeling of being treated with the cups is quite a different sensation. One can literally feel how the cups lift the tissue away rather than the anticipated pressure onto the soft tissue or muscles as experienced with a massage therapy. Just like with myofascial release techniques, the movements are slow and the process is more time consuming than the flow of a massage session. All techniques that aim at the fascia are techniques that wait for release and unwinding of the tissues. These techniques are slower in application – the results are but so effective and worth waiting for!
Pending the client’s pain pattern, discomfort and restrictions, your therapist will devise a plan of how to best achieve a release of fascial tension to get you back to well-being and optimal body function.
The Myofascial Cupping Technique™ is an amazing therapy particularly for people who experience pain in the body that restricts their day-to day activities. The application of this form of cupping can show improvement and make you feel ‘more lose’ straight after the first treatment.