What We Offer
NCIW offers pneumatic myofascial cupping. This is a technique often referred to as a “reverse massage”, where a clean cup is placed on the skin in a specific area, and a gentle suction is applied. Instead of using downward pressure, called positive pressure, to access the muscle tissue underneath, cupping uses an upward pressure, called negative pressure. Cupping works to increase local blood flow, which can aid in cell repair. It also can aid in breaking up or reducing “knots” otherwise known as fascial adhesions.
Who Would Benefit?
Cupping is beneficial for a lot of complaints, but is most often used with pain that is focused in one area or pain that has been “stubborn” and ongoing. Due to lack of evidence of safety in these populations, Ashley avoids cupping those who are undergoing treatment for cancer, those who are pregnant, and those on blood thinners.
What to Expect
Cupping is done as a part of a comprehensive 60 or 90 minute treatment. Ashley will suggest cupping when she feels it is warranted, and is happy to do it when requested as long as it is indicated for the client. She will identify areas of muscular tension, place cups on the skin in that area, and apply a suction that is within your level of comfort. Depending on several factors, she will then either leave them in that place for approximately 5 minutes, or she will glide them up and down the body area. Cupping is generally a very pleasant experience but if placed over a tender area of tension, can illicit some tenderness. This is a good sign that it’s helping, but the pressure can be decreased if it’s too much.
Cupping can result in marks to the body that resemble bruising. Because cupping brings blood to the surface, a temporary discoloration can appear in the area the cups were left. These marks will disappear usually over the course of 3-7 days, and this will be discussed prior to performing cupping so you won’t be surprised.