Frequently Asked Questions

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Am I supposed to get fully undressed?

Your comfort and ability to relax is the most important factor in any massage. You should undress to your comfort level. For a full body massage, most people do get completely undressed.

You will always be draped with a clean sheet and only the body part I am working on will be exposed. If you would prefer to stay fully clothed I may recommend that you look into other types of body work that are performed clothed.

Do I have to listen to this "New Age" whales bellowing or harp music?

Absolutely not! Many therapists, including myself, play slow and quiet music. This does not however mean that this is set in stone. Is there a specific artist you enjoy listening to at home that is relaxing for you?

Let me know and I can make arrangements for you. The ultimate goal is for you to be relaxed.

Can I talk during my session?

Sure, go right ahead! The important thing to remember is that this is an experience for you to relax and enjoy.

Many times my clients find that chatting a bit in the beginning of their massage is relaxing, and as the massage progresses, we naturally enter quiet states of relaxation.

Am I supposed to tip the massage therapist?

Gratuities are never expected but always appreciated.

If you feel that your therapist gave exceptional service and would like to show your appreciation, then a tip of 10-25% is customary.

What are the benefits of cupping?

  • Deep tissue work and release without discomfort
  • Moves stagnation and drains fluids
  • Relieves Inflammation
  • Nervous System Sedation
  • Breaks Up and Expels Congestion
  • Stretches Muscle and Connective Tissues
  • Loosens Adhesions
  • Pulls blood supply to the Skin
  • Facilitates the movement of Qi and Blood systemically and locally
  • Strengthens the immune system by promoting the flow of lymphatic fluid
  • Treats excess heat conditions, fever, stress, depression and anxiety
  • Cleans the blood and lymph and helps to balance pH levels

What can I expect as far as physical side effects from cupping therapy?

The after-effects are most intense at the beginning of receiving treatments and significantly lessen as your body gets used to thetreatments.

Some of the general side effects of cupping therapy include:

  • need for sleep
  • intense hunger
  • vivid dreaming
  • feeling of being "hung over"
  • no appetite
  • night sweats
  • euphoria
  • stronger than normal body odor (detox)
  • soreness like after a strenuous workout
  • "best nights sleep in years"
  • headaches
  • stimulated bowels

What is an explanation of the marks and discolorations that cupping sometimes leaves?

One of the common and unfortunate misconceptions concerning cupping is the misinterpretation of the discoloration. "Bruising" is caused by impact trauma with breakage of capillaries and reactionary rush of fluids to the damaged area from the tissue compression/injury.

There is no compression in properly employed suction cup therapy. Although it is quite common during Stationary Cupping (left static for 5 - 20 minutes) to achieve dramatic 'marks' or 'discolorations', the less aggressive action of moving the cups, minimizes the intensity and duration of the discolorations.

If sufficient pathological factors and stagnant fluids (toxins, blood and lymph) are dredged up during treatment, discoloration will appear on the skin. This is the therapeutically desired effect - the more this is visible, the greater the level of stagnation and toxicity has been dislodged.

The discoloration will fade over a few days. As treatments accumulate and the release of stagnation and buildup has been thixolated, disbursed and drained - (usually by the 3rd or 4th treatment) no discoloration is likely to occur at all.

Even though each time the cupping may have been focused on the same area for the same duration and with the same amount of negative pressure. This is clearly the result of having internal unwanted toxins systematically purged.