We are delighted to announce that cupping therapy is now launched in clinic and run by myself, Lead Sports Therapist, Meg. But before you book a session in you may want to know what it is, how it works, the benefits and most importantly, what results I have seen from cupping therapy!
Cupping is an alternative technique developed by Chinese medicine. However, at YST we are mainly using this therapy to enhance the benefits of sports massage. As a customer, you can choose whether to have a "cupping only" session for 30 minutes or feel the full benefits of BOTH cupping therapy and sports massage for 60 minutes (highly recommended!). YST cupping therapy will consist of plastic cups being placed over areas of tightness and creating a negative pressure using suction. The suction of the cups mobilises the rigid soft tissue, stretching it from underlying structures and loosens areas of adhesions and restrictions. A variety of people can benefit from cupping therapy from elite athletes to office workers. It is very popular with a number of famous faces, with the likes of Michael Phelps using it for recovery and Jennifer Anniston, Justin Bieber and Gwyneth Paltrow also using Cupping Therapy. This will be used at YST to aid musculoskeletal problems such as pain, spasms, cramps, tightness, numbness or stiffness. Most commonly cupping therapy is used on the back, neck, and shoulder but can be used on other areas such as legs and feet etc.
In my previous experiences of delivering cupping therapy, I have had a great deal of positive feedback from patients. I have treated the likes of bodybuilders, rugby players, people suffering from sciatica and even YST Director, Chris! They all leave the clinic feeling that they have felt much more release than stand-alone massage treatments for their aches and pains. Both I and the patient have found it particularly useful for relieving fascial tightness - fascia is the connective tissue holding all internal parts of the body together. It is just as important to keep this loose as it is to keep your muscles loose, as it allows for unrestricted movement. If after several sessions of massage I have found the area of tightness isn’t loosening up to the level that I expected, I have delivered a cupping therapy session which has stretched the fascia, for which I have seen greater results. For instance, I have seen plenty of patients go from struggling to touch their toes, to being able to fold in half with hands flat on the floor - all after ONE session of cupping. The results can be staggering!
When working with our rugby clubs; both Winnington Park and Lymm, I see a wide variety of injuries affecting all areas of the body. Cupping has aided the healing process of many of these injuries as it decompresses adhesions and scar tissue, relaxes muscles in spasm, decreases trigger point pain, and decreases tissue changes and inflammation following trauma. Of course, this is ideal for layers, coaches and myself as it means recovery times are reduced and players’ return to play time is reduced!
Cupping is not just for athletes or gym goers, if you are suffering from any tightness that you just can’t seem to shift, why not give something different a try? Cupping therapy will be available at YST with Meg from Monday 18th February. We are even running an introductory offer from 18th February until 4th March, you get £10 off your session if you book in between those dates.