Cupping Therapy is a type of natural healing by making negative pressure
inside cups, commonly associated with Chinese medicine, but it has actually been used in cultures
across the world for many years. There are many styles and techniques of cupping, all of which use
cups to draw energy, blood, and fluids to the surface to promote circulation. In Chinese medicine, the cups can stay in one place over specific acupuncture points or a sliding technique may be used with massage oil to move the cups around the back
The suction comes from a vacuum created by heating the air in the cup and placing the cup flush against the skin of the back. The intensity of suction used will vary, but is always adjusted for the comfort level of each patient. The suction can be moderate and quite comfortable feeling.
By creating suction and negative pressure, Cupping Therapy is used to soften tight muscles and tone attachments, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, bring hydration and blood flow to body tissues, and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways.
Cupping Therapy is versatile and can easily be modified to accomplish a range of techniques, from lymphatic drainage to deep tissue release. This complements many health modalities such as spa treatments, medical massage and physical therapy.
It wakes the body up and makes it feel invigorated, at the same time producing a profound level of healing through nervous system sedation. It stimulates the skin by increasing circulation while separating fused tissue layers and draining lymph to promote a smooth appearance and healthy glow.
This therapy can improve circulation…boost your immune system…and stimulate energy flow and better overall health.
It works deeper by loosening adhesions, facilitating the muscles to operate more independently and stimulating healthy elimination of accumulated debris in the tissues, organs and systems.
Deeper than Deep Tissue…Fire Cupping Gets Your Blood Moving Toward Optimal Health
Fire cupping’s most potent impact by far is its tried-and-true ability to optimize circulation. Increased blood flow to all areas of your body provides a number of important health improvements, from cell growth and organ function to the appearance of your skin. Red blood circulates oxygen throughout your body, and the more efficiently that happens, the better you’ll look and feel.
Western medicine has begun to recognize the benefits of fire cupping for specific ailments such as pain. However, the Eastern medicine tradition from which fire cupping originates is holistic, meaning that it approaches the body as a whole and views specific conditions as signs of larger imbalances.
“Massage Magazine” reports that clients who received cupping sessions found that it relieved chronic pain and helped improve range of motion to injured areas. The clients who experienced this pain relief reported that the effects lasted longer than the pain relief associated with other massage modalities.
Fire cupping promotes wellness in 4 major ways:
▪ Warms the body and allows Qi (vital energy or life force) and blood to flow freely
▪ Clears dampness from the body
▪ Reduces pain and swelling
▪ Rids body of any generally toxic elements
So while fire cupping is a great one-time treatment for many common conditions—it’s also a wonderful way to maintain your overall health.
Cliff Wong, CMT
Cliff Wong has been a massage therapist for over 35 years. His original intent in studying bodywork was to improve his karate skills. If muscular skeletal restrictions (limited range of motion, trigger points and knots, body misalignment, and pain) were minimized or eliminated, then karate techniques would be much more efficient and powerful. He soon realized that this same philosophy could be applied to bodywork, and that by restoring a client’s equilibrium, the body has the ability to heal itself! Cliff is dedicated to seeing his clients improve through treatment. His favorite question is "Are you getting better?" and he is delighted when his clients no longer need his services!
Cliff’s bodywork expertise includes: the Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities of cupping (vacuum and fire) and Gua Sha (scraping), clinical, deep tissue and sports massage, and trigger point and myofascial release. He successfully treats a variety of muscular skeletal injuries, including: repetitive motion, carpal tunnel, lower back pain, sciatica, frozen shoulder, and tension headaches. Computer related injuries is his specialty.
Cliff received his massage certification at the American Institute of Massage Therapy (Newport Beach) with Dr. Myk Hungerford, the "Mother of American Sports Massage" and author of "Beyond Sports Medicine." He also trained with Dr. Yuanchun Jane Huang, the leading doctor for the Chinese Track and Olympic Team. He is an active member of the ABMP Massage Association.
Cliff currently works at BlueWave Medicine in Palo Alto, Medi Points Acupunture Clinic in Menlo Park and Redwood City. Now Cliff is taking appointments Sunday’s at Studio Joi in Mill Valley. In his spare time, he can be found relaxing in the karate studio!
Above pics Joi receiving Medical Massage, Cupping.
"I love CUPPING!! Cliff is amazing! As a hair dresser for over 35 years ...I have expericned many and continued pains from my work, and recieved countless massages throughout my career. After a massage from Cliff I am loose and relaxed and with each day less pain. I don't get pain as much anymore and recover fast if I do. These massages have continued far reaching benefits. I highly recommend and encourage you, if you have pain to visit Studio Joi and have a Medical Massage from Cliff Wong.