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The Benefits of Fire Cupping

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With many oriental massage techniques becoming more popular in the Western world, more and more are also considering the modalities on how these techniques are performed. Every type of asian massage have varying styles. But apart from that, Asian massage parlors also offer many other treatment alternatives for your tired muscles and even for some of your medical conditions. Though acupuncture is a very popular alternative to oriental massage, many people are taking notice of other techniques such as Gua Sha, coining, stick tapping, hot stone massage, and recently among the most sought for services, is the fire cupping.

A centuries-old Chinese traditional technique, fire cupping is performed by using any closed cup, could be glass, metal or wooden. In history, animal horns were even used. Applying heat on the body surface with the use of dried herbs or alcohol-soaked cotton, the warm air produced is then trapped with the cup faced down, the skin and body tissues are vacuumed as a result. The action is believed to extract body toxins which are the cause of the many ailments and body pains.

Many who have suffered from chronic back pains have seen wonderful results from this approach. But apart from that, many have claimed that fire cupping have helped in arthritis, swollen limbs and certain respiratory problems. Many observations have also shown that since fire cupping is not only for treating certain conditions, but for promoting relaxation as well, the approach have been seen to benefit migraine sufferers, those with sleep disorders and even people suffering from anxiety and depression. Performing cupping over injured sites promote better circulation, thus, speed up the healing process. The detoxification effect of the blood suction also allows for old blood to vacate the capillaries and be filled with new ones result to renewed energy and vitality. Many studies are now conducted to see the benefit of fire cupping to cellulite reduction.

Though cupping usually leaves a mark on the skin, which goes away in a day or two, it normally shouldn’t hurt and is even performed to children in many Asian countries. The medical advantages of fire cupping have not yet been medically confirmed, but since it is generally safe, many are seeking for this unique technique.  Because of its affordability and renowned wonderful results, it is now very popular in many Asian massage parlors in the United States and many western spas now offer the service as well.

Sports Massage Therapy for Athletes

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As there is a growing population of people who are taking part in sports and physical activities, the demand for sports massage had also increased. No matter if its regular workout at the gym you are engaged with, hiking, running, daily jogging, mountain climbing, basketball, baseball or any similar sports, there will always be a time where one experiences stiff muscles, tired body or even certain injuries. Though there many forms of massage, sports massage is best for athletes since its approach is especially designed for intense muscle involvement. But apart from aiding recovery, sports massage is now specifically applied in enhancing the athlete’s performance, and for a while now, had become an integral part of many training program.

When applied skillfully and professionally, the approach eases tensed muscles and restores balance to the body in general. A skilled sports massage therapist, during every session, is capable of identifying soft tissue variations which results from stresses on certain muscle groups, joints, tendons, ligaments and even the skeletal system itself. No matter if the sports massage is performed as pre-event, post-event, restorative or rehabilitative, the trained professional aims increase one’s range of motion and circulation. As the approach helps promote the athlete’s flexibility, it is also beneficial for him to perform to his best and even prevent any injury on the process.

Many say that sports massage is a modified Swedish massage, yet many techniques actually apply a combination of Swedish and Shiatsu. The approach could be most beneficial and safe when performed by a trained, or much better, a licensed therapist. Those who obtained the expertise on this particular field have had professional training in massage schools and took the necessary exams. Sports massage therapists are also able to treat a variety of ailments that resulted from extensive exercise, sports events or any activity that involved muscle use.

But as many conditions could also be treated by sports massage even if one is not an athlete or sportsman, many are starting to learn the technique with the use of massage therapy books that discusses the subject in particular. Even the professional themselves even utilize such resource materials on the course of their day to day practice. But since the approach is different and more regulated, thus is safer and more recommended to many. And getting your sports massage therapy is more advised to be sought from the professionals to ensure the maximum benefits.