This class will teach myofascial cupping and scrapping techniques for specific sections of the body. It will utilize aspects from the massage curriculum including but not limited to: friction, compression, eastern massage theory and principles, anatomy and physiology theory.
Cupping and Gua sha are methods of Oriental medicine that increase micro profusion or micro circulation of blood at a superficial level in muscles that are tight or in areas where there is congestion or stiffness. Increased blood flow to muscles and surrounding tissue brings in oxygenated blood and fluids to carry out metabolic waste and deliver the components that are needed for tissue repair. They also help to break up any superficial adhesions in the tissue that might be contributing to muscle tension and pain. In addition to relieving pain, these techniques promote relaxation and a sense of wellbeing, while gua sha has been shown to have an effect on the immune system.