Use a vacuum to suck, eliminate energy and stagnant blood and ... treat? Why not? Massage with suction cups or ventosatherapia is a therapeutic tool that is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and whose goal is to relieve pain and disease, and reduce stretch marks and cellulite to improve aesthetics! But it can also complement other therapies such as acupuncture, shiatsu, sports massage and even assist in traditional physiotherapy.
What is suction cup massage?
Suction cups massage or suction therapy is a type of treatment that uses suction cups to create a vacuum effect and improve blood circulation in certain areas of the body in a natural way. And this is because when sucking the skin, the massage with suction cups increases the diameter of the blood vessels in the area where the suction cups are placed and, consequently, increases the oxygenation of tissues and releases toxins harmful to health.
For this reason, ventosatherapia is widely used for the treatment of cellulite (as the increase in blood circulation reduces the orange peel effect) and for relaxation and reduction of muscle pain (since the pressure difference caused by the vacuum favors the nutrition of muscles).
This type of suction cup treatment is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been used since ancient times. Symbols related to suction cup massage have been found in prehistoric caves and Greek temples.
It is even believed that it was one of the techniques used by Hippocrates, which even today continues to be applied by specialists in Traditional Chinese Medicine (therapists, osteopaths and massage therapists) to relieve muscle pain, improve the circulatory system, combat low back pain, abdominal pain, high blood pressure and many other pathologies… and even reduce cellulite and localized fats!
How does suction cup massage work?
Basically, the suction cup massage works naturally and safely through the vacuum, that is, when placing suction cups over a certain area of the patient's body, the therapist initiates a suction effect that opens the pores and reduces the atmospheric pressure on the skin. .
This creates a negative pressure that, in turn, activates the movement of cells leading to a gas exchange that controls the bloodstream and triggers several beneficial actions for health and well-being: first it purifies the blood, then eliminates toxins and speeds up the circulation blood and finally removes blockages and improves skin oxygenation.
Result? The patient leaves sore and with the marks of the suction cups on the body, but with a great feeling of well-being!
In addition, and according to the diagnosis of each person, there are different techniques for applying the suction cups, which can be combined with other types of massage and therapy (including acupuncture) to reduce fatigue, nourish the muscles, relieve tension , inflammation and other discomforts.
In which area of the body is wind therapy used?
Wind therapy is usually done on the back, but it can also be performed on other parts of the body, including the face. It can be applied to treat a wider area or a more specific area.
How should the suction cups be placed?
The therapist should apply a lubricating oil or moisturizing cream over the area to be treated in order to allow the suction cups to slide through the skin easily and then, yes, place the suction cups following the meridian lines (the suction cups are placed on the 5 meridian lines back to activate the energy flow). Using what materials? There are three common ways to apply the suction cups to the body:
- Silicone cup - Just press the silicone cup on the skin to create a vacuum inside, suck the skin and leave the suction cup stuck;
- Glass or acrylic cup - Simply insert the flame of a candle into a glass or acrylic cup and immediately afterwards, place it on the skin to form the vacuum;
- Electronic suction cup - Simply position the electric suction cup in the desired location and connect the device to the vacuum force you want to use.
In addition to these types of ways to put suction cups on the suction cups, you can also use suction cups associated with other techniques, such as acupuncture needles inside each suction cup.
Do suction cups cause pain and leave a mark?
First of all, suction cup massage is a painless and non-invasive procedure. But, effectively, if any area under treatment receives a large amount of vacuum, it can be painful for a few days and show some marks of purplish color. To avoid this, the therapist only has to apply oil to the skin before starting the treatment, reduce the pressure of each suction cup and leave no suction cup in the same place for a long time.
Even so, after each session of wind therapy, the patient should take a warm bath and massage the region to avoid pain and marks on the skin.
Functions of massage with suction cups
Therapeutic and aesthetic treatments are the main functions of massage with suction cups. On the one hand, ventosatherapia relieves tension, muscle and joint pain by activating the circulation through suction cups, attracting immune cells that increase the restoration and recovery process and consequently reduce swelling and pain. The suction cup massage also serves to relieve musculoskeletal pain, which often manifests chronic stress.
On the other hand, massage with suction cups fights cellulite, stretch marks, wrinkles and accumulated fat, helping with weight loss processes.
Benefits of suction cup massage
Now that you know the functions of suction cup massage, take note of its benefits for body and mind!
- Relieves back pain, muscle pain, abdominal pain and headache;
- Eliminates muscle tension;
- Increases local blood circulation;
- Detoxifies the body;
- Improves tissue oxygenation;
- Strengthens blood vessels;
- Increases the production of synovial fluid within the joints;
- Maintains the pH of the blood in a range of mild acidity and increases the average life of red blood cells;
- Clears degenerate red blood cells;
- Increases blood calcium levels;
- Strengthens blood vessels;
- Activates hormonal secretion;
- It treats intoxication by chemicals, medicines and gases;
- Reduces cellulite and stretch marks;
- Relax body and mind.
Contraindications for massage with suction cups
Despite being a natural and safe treatment, there are some contraindications for massage with suction cups. It should not be applied to people with fever, thrombosis, thrombophlebitis, bleeding disorders, hemophilia, varicose veins, open wounds, fractures in the area to be treated, cancer and capillary fragility.
Wind therapy should also not be an option for pregnant women, people with uncontrolled high blood pressure and seizures.
If in doubt, consult your doctor before proceeding with any therapeutic or aesthetic treatment.
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