What’s the Deal With Cupping?

You’ve probably seen the photos and articles circulating about interesting marks on Olympic athlete’s bodies this year. Although this treatment has only recently gotten national exposure, it’s been around for a very long time! It’s not just a fad therapy being used by celebrities, and can be a very effective treatment for a variety of ailments.

The technique is called “therapeutic cupping,” which is delivered through the use of special suction cups. The original method involved inserting a flame in a glass cup, then quickly placing the cup on the skin creating a vacuum and the skin is pulled up into the cup. This method dates back not just decades, but centuries.

When Life Is a Pain in the Neck...

Many of us suffer from neck and head pain, making life difficult or even unbearable at times. The possible causes are numerous: muscle tightness, muscle weakness, spinal misalignment, poor posture, injury, jaw dysfunction, overuse, etc. In many instances, therapeutic massage can help relieve or prevent pain and restore tissues to their proper function by elongating muscles and releasing tense areas in the soft tissues.

Looking at the images below may give you a better understand of the makeup of the head and neck and realize why there are so many potential problems in this area.

Massage Packages Coming Soon

We’ve put together four massage and spa packages of services which are sure to please. Each can be scheduled all in one day, or broken into separate days. Our design team is creating beautiful cards which will make great gifts for the special people in your life. Our packages can also make a great “spa day” for yourself or for you and a friend or loved one!

Regular Massage for Your Health

Do you have frequent headaches, chronic pain and/or tension, an injury that has changed the way your body feels and works? Are you tired of restricted movement? Do you have difficulty bending over to pick up your kids, or turning your neck to check your blind spot before changing lanes? If so, you deserve a plan of action.

Massage therapy can play a major role in this plan, but consider this:

Getting a massage on occasion is like going to the gym once in a while and expecting amazing results.

While a single massage can have a very positive effect, if there is much work to be done or a problem has existed for a long time, it may take several sessions to get your muscles to respond. Our muscles have memory. So, frequent massage during the initial stages of therapy helps your body establish reset patterns to hold the massage treatment longer.

How Qualified is My LMT?

A: If he or she is a licensed massage therapist at Mettler—perhaps more than you realize!

Massage therapy has long been a legitimate and educated profession, and the standards continue to rise. More and more medical professionals see the value in massage therapy for anything from injury recovery to reducing anxiety and depression.  Individuals are increasing taking their health into their own hands as well, utilizing massage and other body therapies to manage chronic pain or tension, injuries, and stress as well as prevent future injuries and illnesses. Many people are finding that adding massage to their lifestyle helps keep them out of doctor offices and incurring hefty medical bills.

So, what does the education of a licensed massage therapist look like? Here is a general layout of a typical curriculum at an accredited massage therapy school:


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