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Massage cupping is most popularly known as a form of Chinese medicine, but it has also been found being used during the time of the ancient Roman Empire. The cup massage can be used on almost any area of the body, and is most commonly used for areas along the back, chest, limbs, and face. There are a wide variety of benefits to the body.
It works by using suction and negative pressure to drain excess fluids and toxins in the body. In traditional cupping therapy, there are two main cups the therapist will work with, a fire cup and a vacuum or twist cup. The fire cup will usually be made of glass or bamboo while the latter will usually be plastic. This lifts the connective tissue and brings the proper blood flow to muscles and skin that are otherwise stagnant. Therapists will sometimes use massage cupping along with other techniques, such as lymphatic drainage and deep tissue release, to receive an optimized result. globeuniversity.edu
There are various ways that cupping works on the body. The main goal is to create a suction within the cup. Flames that are lit are never done near the skin but are instead used to create a heat to ensure the suction. A common method is to use rubbing alcohol on the bottom of the cup. The practitioner will then light it and put the cup against the skin. Another way is to place an inverted cup over a small flame and lighting an alcohol-soaked cotton pad on the skin while quickly placing the cup over the flame to extinguish.
The cups are generally left on the body for around ten minutes or so. This allows the muscles to loosen and brings blood flow to the body. Most therapists will follow the lines of the meridians to target where the cups should be placed. The five main meridian lines are located on the back. Painful body parts are also targeted. (Pacific College)
Cupping is similar to the inverse (reverse) of a massage. The goal of a massage is to apply pressure to the muscles, whereas cupping uses gentle pressure to pull them upwards. However, the sensation that the patient will feel for both is the same. It should be relaxing and allow the muscles relief.
The therapist will usually position the cup on the area of the body that needs treatment, with skin that is well oiled. The suction will begin through a vacuum pump, and the therapist will move the cup along the soft tissue to mimic hand manipulation. The therapist will work on a variety of pressure ranges to ensure that it is comfortable on the body.
The skin will immediately turn red upon a stronger cupping. This is to show that the circulation has been brought to the surface of the body. The increased local blood supply to the muscles and skin allows toxins to be carried away from the body. This provides relief from conditions of chronic or acute pain and can also allow tense muscles to soften quickly. (walkhealth.edu)
Massage cupping has been shown to have therapeutic effects on the following: lymph drainage, to loosen adhesions, moving stagnation, releasing deep tissue issues, stimulating blood flow, softening scar tissue, and sedating the nervous system. Other studies have shown how cup massage can help the respiratory system to allow for easier breathing, as well as the nervous system for issues such as high blood pressure, anxiety, chronic headaches, and fatigue.
The Mitzvah Technique is a combination of health-oriented work, usually focused on musculoskeletal problems and stress diseases. It is similar to the Alexander Technique and the Feldenkrais Method and was developed with the primary techniques of the two in mind. Its origins were from the Alexander Technique, but after the 1970s, it was developed into the Mitzvah Technique.
The Mitzvah Technique seeks to re-educate the body and is different from other therapeutic sessions in the sense that the relationship between two people is that of student and teacher, not of masseuse and recipient. The goal is that once people begin to learn the Mitzvah Technique, the need for long-term practitioner work will slowly become less necessary.
The Mitzvah Technique was designed with a unique sense of values so that anyone could quickly learn about the discipline required for proper self-care. It takes the form of the basics of how the body will stand, sit, and walk. By reworking the way the body performs these three movements, it can be reworked into other activities of daily life. Harthouseuof
When the Mitzvah Technique was being developed, the most important focus was how postural and spinal problems led to aches and pains in the neuromuscular and skeletal systems. The idea was that many other forms of therapy only dealt with the symptoms of a larger root problem that was being avoided. Most people spend long hours in a sedentary lifestyle sitting at their desk. Whether at school, home, or work, sitting without moving is unnatural to the body, and what it wants and needs to function.
The wrong postural position can force the body to hunch, the shoulders to round and the chest to cave. This in turn changes how the neck and head function. Long-term problems include spinal realignment, and breathing and circulation restrictions. The Mitzvah Technique seeks to rework the body so that it returns to a more natural state.
One thing that makes the Mitzvah Technique a viable option for home use is that it does not require any special equipment other than a chair or space to walk. The Mitzvah Exercise is a combination of exercises that just include sitting, standing, and walking. It is designed to release tension and stress and in the long-term, help improve posture.
The exercises should be done with a professional Mitzvah teacher until the body has learned what is needed to be able to be done by itself. There are many ways to learn about the Mitzvah Technique including individual sessions, presentation and demonstrations, group workshops, classes, and individual qualified teachers.
The Mitzvah Technique is a holistic approach to improving the health and wellness of the body. From practical exercises to therapeutic movements, what the student learns is how to change their daily lifestyle to support a better way of sitting, standing, and walking. Most people will have an innate understanding of posture, but over years of conditioning, it may have changed. The Mitzvah Technique seeks to bring back the freedom of movement through a gentle approach. Mitzvah
There are many benefits to the Mitzvah Technique. Some specific issues include neuromuscular and skeletal issues, postural issues, tension and stress. Other people have found that it has helped with the pain in the back, hip, jaw, neck and shoulder, breathing difficulties, joint mobility, and range of movement. It can also help with symptoms from chronic fatigue, arthritis, Parkinson’s, Crohn’s Disease, and Multiple Sclerosis. It is important that the Mitzvah Technique is only used as a supplement to any conditions, and that a medical professional’s help is still sought.
The Bowen Technique is an alternative technique that works as hands-on therapy. It is based on the idea of our bodies having precise points that can be gently manipulated to relieve natural pain, restriction, and imbalance.
The primary goal behind the Bowen Technique is to stimulate the body to self-heal. This makes it a popular technique amongst those with illnesses and people recovering from surgery or injury. The founder, Tom Bowen, researched that the cause of many problems related to the musculoskeletal, neurological, neuromuscular, and other systems was based in the soft tissue and fascia.
Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds every muscle on the body. It encompasses the important parts in our body, including arteries, bones, muscles, nerves, and veins. When fascial dysfunction occurs, it can upset every structure and organ in the body. The Bowen Therapy helps offer fascial and specific soft tissue release, allowing the body to correct itself and restore itself to homeostasis.
The idea behind the Bowen Technique is “less is more”. Taking its origins from Zen, the goal is to use the least amount of moves to help trigger the body to heal itself. Most practitioners will use a minuscule amount of pressure on the body, especially if the patient has a serious condition. The practitioner will use “Bowen moves” over areas of the body including fascia, muscles, nerves, and tendons. The treatment is made up of various movements called “procedures”, and the practitioner will pause after each move to give time for the body to respond. Sometimes each waiting period may be up to two to five minutes. This allows the body to respond properly before the therapist moves on to another area. (https://thebowentechnique.com/what-is-bowen/what-is-the-bowen-technique/)
Every move the practitioner will make will be light and small. Unlike other forms of massage therapy, there is no forceful manipulation of the muscles in the body. Varying pressure can be used, but will always be light and airy. The therapist will focus on specific sites of the body, usually trouble spots that are discussed before the session.
There have been studies that show the effects of the Bowen Therapy on the psychological side of clients. Not only does the Bowen Technique help with reducing levels of anxiety, it also brings positive feelings and lessens feelings of anger, depression, fatigue, and tension.
Bowen Therapy is also excellent for maternity patients. Research has shown how the Bowen Technique has helped with common issues including pre-natal morning sickness, heartburn, breast discomfort, and lower back pain. As the Bowen Technique also brings relaxation to the body, it helps with the painful experience of labor and can assist in reducing the time the mother is in labor.
Most success in Bowen Therapy contains the long-term assistance in pain relief, reduced stress, and improved holistic quality of life. Since it is very gentle, it is appropriate for all ages, from the young to the elderly. It helps balance out the immune system and can give a boost of energy to those who use it.
One of the most common reasons people will go in for Bowen Therapy is for chronic back pain. Other conditions include headaches, painful and restricted shoulders, neck pain, and respiratory conditions. Most patients who go in for Bowen therapy will only have an average of three to four sessions before feeling recovery. It is not meant to be an ongoing treatment over time, and any chronic conditions may mean that additional treatments are needed. Most people will use the Bowen Technique as a supplement to other medical procedures, and it is not seen as a medical replacement. (http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Bowen_therapy)
Popular branches of Japanese energy healing and massage include Anma, Reiki, and Shiatsu (or Ashiatsu). All three therapies are known to help release low back pain, shoulder stiffness, and other chronic pain syndromes. The oldest type is Anma and is what Shiatsu is derived from. Anma therapists are usually also trained with holistic nutrition and eastern dietary principles to provide a well-rounded treatment for their patients.
The goal of traditional Japanese massage is to restore the flow of vital energy within the body to promote good health. “Anma” means, “push-pull” in Japanese. It is a specialized form of somatic, touch therapy. Anma combines deep tissue manipulation with an application of pressure, friction and touch to specific acupoints. It also works with the body’s energy channels to help soothe joints, ligaments, and muscles.
Whereas many Western massage techniques will be practiced directly on the skin, Anma is practiced with clothes on so that there is no direct contact to the skin. Lubricants such as oil and powder are not usually used during Anma.
Anma sessions will usually last from 45 minutes to an hour. The practitioner will often go through a routine with the patient to understand which specific acupoints should be manipulated. The most beneficial therapies are when practitioner and patient have worked together to identify recommendations of diet, supplements, and other exercises, which can lead to optimum health. (http://www.aobta.org/assets/docs/ABTForms/amma%20bodywork%20therapy%20long%20definition.pdf)
When a practitioner begins, they start in the center from the heart. They work their way toward the tip of the limbs. The practitioner’s goal is to first open the tendinomuscular and primary energy channels with deep circular pressure so to free the flow of energy to allow for deeper movement in the acupoints.
The seven basic techniques that practitioner’s use are: stroking, kneading, pressing, vibration, tapotement, movement, and kyokude (or friction). Kneading and pressing are used more than the other techniques. These methods are used on specific vital points of the body. The gripping movements are to help increase blood flow within the body to reach the muscles and deep tissues.
Anma works primarily with the tendinomuscular energy pathways of the body. It affects complex mind and body systems that can help treat a variety of illnesses. From infants to the elderly, Anma has provided lasting benefits. Some typical conditions it has helped include autoimmune diseases, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, and traumas from sprains, to strains, and burns. Of course, Anma should be properly combined with other components such as proper diet and exercise. It is not meant to be a singular treatment. However, it is useful in preventing further pathological changes from taking place and in some cases can reverse the condition.