Glossary of Terms

Traditional cupping therapies – These techniques are time tested and true, with amazing results that have been documented for thousands of years.

Traditional use has been multi-cultural, with clear records from early Egypt, China and Greece. This spread through Africa and the eastern European cultures, and was also used by the natives of America.

American doctors carried cupping sets into the early 20th century, and the breast pump developed from this era.

The most prevalent use has been in Traditional Chinese Medicine and requires knowledge of TCM theory.

Massage Cupping™ bodywork – This unique brand of bodywork uses suction to lift tissue as the cup moves.

  • This creates space and separation in the tissues that allows the therapist to work more effectively and comfortably on the client.
  • Massage Cupping™ is a specific set of movements that the trained practitioner uses in different combinations to quickly facilitate elimination of debris and release of rigid soft tissues.
  • The movements and techniques stay within the boundaries of professional licensing and may be adapted to almost any modality that the therapist has training in.
  • The only limitation is the creativity of the therapist!

MediCupping™ therapy – Based on the foundation and structure of Massage Cupping™ therapy, the practitioner now has a machine that performs the static suction and multiple pumping modes.

  • This allows the therapist to have both hands on the client, which is very important when addressing certain conditions such as lymphatic drainage and scar work.
  • Vacuum gage on the machine allows for data to be used by the therapist to replicate results and to be collected for research.
  • Prevents repetitive movements for the practitioner from use of manual vacuum pumps.
  • Medical Grade and Therapeutic Grade equipment available.
  • Training and support in applications of MediCupping™ therapy for medical conditions.

TheraCupping™ – Based on the foundation of Massage Cupping™ bodywork, this is a selection of equipment for client home use.

  • A great way to empower people in their own recovery and wellness, the equipment comes with an educational DVD and is best used when the client has also been trained by the practitioner.
  • Great for “Family Home Care” events where the therapist can train groups of clients … and potential clients … in the use of these cups for their own health and wellness.

VacuTherapies™ – This term is used to name a genre of bodywork that uses suction and an “active cup” to facilitate homeostasis.

Vacuum mobilization – says it all. The purpose of using VacuTherapies™ is to soften and mobilize:

  • Soft Tissue- fascia, muscle, tendons and ligaments
  • Stagnation- lymph, old blood and old debris, inflammation
  • Joints
  • Body fluids
  • Organs

Solid Bloat and Body Contouring

Solid Bloat – the layers of accumulation that is stagnant lymph, blood and debris.

  • Stagnation is found in muscles, in the skin layers and in the connective tissue.
  • Solid Bloat is often caused by inflammation which leads to dehydration of the tissues and the inability of the lymphatic system to eliminate debris.
  • Blood stagnation is caused by micro-tears in compromised soft tissue, old injuries or surgeries, and even being bedridden for an extended period of time due to illness.
  • Cellulite is often stagnant lymph and debris that can be a lifetime accumulation of old medications, anesthesia, smoke or other inhaled contaminants, and cellular wastes.
  • All of this stored material will aggravate the immune system and liver, leading to more inflammation … and the cycle continues.

“Intentuition” and “The Active Cup”

Intentuition” is a foundation of knowledge that determines intention added to the sensory and extra-sensory
input of the therapist, and combines intuition with knowledge.

  • The tool becomes an extension of the therapist
    • Many therapists will feel no boundary with the cup and can feel “issues in the tissues” even more so than with the bare hand.
  • The clear cup can “magnify” the tissue, making it easier to “read”.
  • “Intentuition” allows the therapist to customize the treatments for each individual.
  • The therapist will become skilled in judging the duration of the treatment by listening to the body “talk” through the cups
    • Clear cups allow for observation of tissue to reveal conditions such as restrictions, stagnation, and inflammation.
    • The cups will often stop in areas that need attention and show the direction of restriction.
  • Therapists can develop new techniques that combine multiple movements, or new movements that show themselves through creativity. The possibilities are unlimited when the mind and body are open.

The Active Cup” is the approach to bodywork using VacuTherapies™ that keeps the cup dynamic instead of

  • Movements can be sedating or stimulating
  • Static placement of cups draws stagnation to an area. In bodywork, our goal is to disperse stagnation. Static placement of the cups is any cup placement that stays on the same spot for over 3 minutes. Once this boundary is crossed, the therapist should have a solid foundation in Traditional Chinese Medical theory.
  • “Parking” a cup for under 3 minutes keeps an “active cup” designation when used for the following:
    • Trigger point or neuro-lymphatic point work
    • Manipulating a joint while attachments are lifted
    • Two-cup soft tissue traction or fascia release techniques
    • “Flash Cupping”
    • Specific scar release techniques that allow the parked cup to facilitate separation of tissue from bone or other soft tissue.
    • Certain scar release techniques may require placement for longer than three minutes to facilitate release of an internal adhesion. Smallers cups are used and congestion dispersed after the adhesion is released.