Thursday, May 28, 2015

What to Expect After a Cupping Treatment




So you've been to the therapist and had a good cupping session. Now what?

Sometimes there are marks left after a cupping treatment. The reasons for these marks are described in different ways but basically they come from the underlying tissues having some stagnation of fluid movement of deposits of sludge and waste in the tissues. The waste comes to the surface during the treatment in preparation of removal through your lymphatic and flushing system. Usually the marks are worse after the first treatment or two as more and more of the waste products are removed the marks are lighter.

The marks are common if stationary cupping is used. When the cups are moved around it minimizes the intensity and duration of the marks. The marks usually fade anywhere from a couple hours to a few days. The marks indicate that the desired effect is taking place, i.e. the removal of stagnant waste.

If you choose, gentle exercise after the treatment is helpful after the flushing process and will aide removal of waste materials. Often pain is relieved almost immediately after a treatment. For four to six hours after treatment the patient should avoid strenuous activity, cold weather, ice, unpleasant hot environments and hot packs.. Cupping opens the pores of the skin so the absorption of liniments, analgesics, plant hydrosols or essential oils if used will have greater absorption and effectiveness. will be aided. Drinking extra water is helpful after treatment to help hydrate and cleanse tissue    

There are also times when cupping is contraindicated. Massage cupping is not to be used with excessive exfoliation. Clients must avoid exposure to excessive heat (shower, sauna, etc),cold or exercise after cupping sessions (for at least 4-6 hours). Clients should drink sufficient amounts of water subsequent to cupping sessions. Cupping must be used with caution with children, the elderly, diabetics and persons with varicose veins. Massage cupping should not be used on clients with: pace makers, electrical implants, low blood pressure, energy depletion (Exhaustion), or pregnancy.
 
If you think that Cupping Therapy might be beneficial for you, please ask about it next time you are booking your appointment
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This blog was written and adapted  for Dori White, LMT  by Herbalist Valerie Lull, MH. To read Valerie’s blog ‘Simple Ways to Stay Healthy’ go to www.vallull.blogspot.com

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Massage for Muscles and Joints



Regular massage and exercise help muscle and joints. It tones the muscles and increases range of motion in the joints. This improves the flexibility of the body and helps you to move freely. The facial muscles move the skin. Massaging them smooths out lines and wrinkles creating a healthy look. 

Massage helps move waste products out of the cells, increasing blood flow. Some of the things that causes tight muscles are old age, poor diet, bad circulation and inflammation. Massage moves stagnating waste products that build up throughout the body. This is done with a slow pressure and kneading technique. 

Here are some of the benefits of massage for muscles, bones and joints:


  • Breaking down adhesions which improves circulation.
  • Allowing lymph and venous blood move more efficiently through the body.
  • Lengthens muscle tissue, especially in short contracted muscles
  • Causes heat and friction which speeds the body processes for a faster recovery after exercise or illness
  • Helps remove excess fluid from inflamed joints and limbs.
  • Improves mobility and movement by increasing blood circulation
  • Helps move endorphins through the body (endorphins are the "feel good" hormones)
  • The person receiving the massage becomes more adept at sensing when muscles are tense and relaxing them.

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This blog was written and adapted  for Dori White, LMT  by Herbalist Valerie Lull, MH. To read Valerie’s blog ‘Simple Ways to Stay Healthy’ go to www.vallull.blogspot.com

Thursday, May 21, 2015

  1. An Ancient Form of Alternative Medicine


  1. Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine. It uses suction which is created on the skin that mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing. The suction is created by using heat and suction cups. These can be made from glass or silicone. 
  2. During the cupping procedure a flammable substance like alcohol is placed in a cup and heated with fire. When the fire goes out the cup is placed on the patients skin. As the air inside the cup cools, it causes suction also called a vacuum. This makes the skin red as blood vessels expand. The cup is left in place five or ten minutes. This causes the blood to flow into the area promote healing and also sucks toxins out of the tissues. 
  3. A modern version of cupping uses a rubber pump to create the vacuum in the cup. These cups are versatile enough to be moved around on the surface of the skin and produce a massage-type effect.
  4. Cupping can be used to treat a variety of conditions. Some of these conditions are:

  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatism
  • skin problems
  • Hypertension
  • Migraine
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Reduce pain and inflammation
  • Mental and physical relaxation
Cupping therapy should  not be used by pregnant women, people with metastatic cancer or people with bone fractures or muscle spasms. 

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This blog was written and adapted  for Dori White, LMT  by Herbalist Valerie Lull, MH. To read Valerie’s blog ‘Simple Ways to Stay Healthy’ go to www.vallull.blogspot.com

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Introducing a Friend to Massage Therapy



So you've been to a massage  therapist and had a great experience. You want to tell your friends all about it and get them involved. What is the best way to do this?

Gift Certificates - This is a great way to share the experience of massage. The certificates make a great birthday present, a thank you gift to someone who has done something for you, like house-sitting while you are gone, or as a perk for an employee, something for your spouse to enjoy as an anniversary gift or a friend who just wants a "feel good" experience. A gift certificate is a great way to introduce someone to massage who might not be sure about making a financial commitment to something new. After the visit they might be sold on massage and want to share the benefits with their friends and family.

Discuss the benefits - Most people are aware that massage is great for relaxation, but there are other great benefits too. Perhaps your friend suffers from low back pain, or other kinds of muscular pain. Maybe they are into sports and sport massage is what they need.

Besides relieving pain massage can be supportive and positive for someone who is in emotional distress. Perhaps your friend is dealing with grief or loss and they can find relief without having to share their innermost feelings. Massage can increase the condition of the skin, the flexibility of joints, reduce spasms and cramping, relax injured muscles, release endorphins and help migraine pain.

Perhaps your friend is a little reluctant. You might introduce them to the massage therapist who can answer their questions and perhaps get a tour of the office. If they want more information you can direct them to Massagetherapy.com, a public education site provided by professionals. There they will find an introduction to massage, learn what to expect and find a glossary of terms and techniques to help them understand the lingo.

After their encouragement, if they are still reluctant, respect their feelings. Not everyone likes being touched and they need to approach massage on their own terms. If and when they are ready, there will always be a therapist there to accommodate their needs.

For more valuable information on other health tips please visit my website at www.DoriWhiteMassageTherapy.com

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Dori White - Co-Owner & Founder of Portland Wellness Professionals
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This blog was written and adapted  for Dori White, LMT  by Herbalist Valerie Lull, MH. To read Valerie’s blog ‘Simple Ways to Stay Healthy’ go to www.vallull.blogspot.com


Thursday, May 14, 2015


Cupping Therapy for Relief of Lower Back Pain




Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy that can be used alone or with acupuncture. It pulls blood to an area of the body to stimulate  healing. It stretches tight fascia and muscles. It helps create new blood flow and causes anti-inflammatory chemicals to be formed in the body. Cupping is usually painless and many people feel it is more effective for lower back pain than for massage.

Cupping is very useful for chronic  lower pain. Many people are not aware that cupping therapy for back pain is available, but it has become more popular in recent times. Many celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Brittney Spears have found relief through the use of cupping therapy. 

The cupping procedure involves burning the air inside the cup. This creates suction. The cup is then applied to the skin creating negative pressure that sucks fresh blood to the surface of the skin and moves the stagnant blood away. It sucks the toxins out of the body. This can bring pain relief for one's lower back.

People suffering from chronic lower back pain have often undergone other alternative therapies. Often cupping is accompanied with massage or acupuncture. Cupping protocols are also useful for arthritis and migraines and people have seen significant improvement in pain. 


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This blog was written and adapted  for Dori White, LMT  by Herbalist Valerie Lull, MH. To read Valerie’s blog ‘Simple Ways to Stay Healthy’ go to www.vallull.blogspot.com


Tuesday, May 12, 2015



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Trigger Point Therapy is a noninvasive therapeutic modality for the relief and control of myofascial pain and dysfunction. The goal of a Trigger Point Therapy Session  is the client’s recovery from or a significant reduction in myofascial pain. The treatment goal is achieved through a systematized approach. 

Treatment consists of trigger point compression, myomassage, passive stretching, and a regime of corrective exercises. Success may be measured subjectively by the level of pain reduction experienced by the client and objectively through increased range of motion, strength, endurance, and other measures of improved function. 

Trigger point therapy relies heavily on client-therapist interaction, including verbal and nonverbal elements. The trigger point therapist encourages the client to be personally responsible for their improvement, with attention to such factors as nutritional intake, stress, proper exercises, mechanical abnormalities, and other physical components. 

These elements protect the client from delayed diagnosis, delayed treatment, or contraindicated treatment, which are the concerns of first order. Trigger point therapy is an integrating approach to myofascial pain and dysfunction


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This blog was written and adapted  for Dori White, LMT  by Herbalist Valerie Lull, MH. To read Valerie’s blog ‘Simple Ways to Stay Healthy’ go to www.vallull.blogspot.com

Thursday, May 7, 2015

A History of Cupping Therapy




How and when cupping therapy was first used is lost in the mist of history. It has been mentioned in many cultures. The ancients used hollowed out animal horns, bones, bamboo, seashells and gourds for cupping instruments. Later pottery and metal cups were used before glass was developed. In China cupping was used to draw evil spirits out of the body and in Europe it was used to balance humors. 

Cupping was used in Egypt 3,500 years ago and the earliest record of cupping was described by Taoist alchemist and herbalist, Ge Hong (281-341 A.D.). In ancient Greece Hippocrates used cupping for a number of ailments. Other ancient physicians like Galen (131-200 A.C.), Paracelsus (1493-1541), Ambrose Pare (1509-90) and Charles Kennedy (1826) also used cupping. 

In China a great deal of research on cupping has been done that goes back for thousands of years.  It is still used in China today. Women healers around the world have historically used suction to purge, stimulate and heal. By the mid 1800's Western medicine was becoming prominent and focused on treatment from inside the body rather external treatments.

Cupping has remained popular in many cultures over the years and in more recent years cupping has made a comeback in the Western culture. It has become increasingly popular due to it's natural benefits. There is scientific evidence that it is a useful way to treat many disorders. Cupping is often combined with acupuncture and massage. 

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Dori White - Co-Owner & Founder of Portland Wellness Professionals
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This blog was written and adapted  for Dori White, LMT  by Herbalist Valerie Lull, MH. To read Valerie’s blog ‘Simple Ways to Stay Healthy’ go to www.vallull.blogspot.com


Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Sports Massage



Sports massage was originally developed to enhance athletic performance and recovery from performance or athletic-related injuries. There are three contexts in which sports massage can be useful to an athlete: pre-event, post-event, and injury treatment.

Pre-event massage is delivered at the performance site, usually with the athlete fully clothed. Fast-paced and stimulating, it helps to establish blood flow and to warm up muscles. During the massage, the athlete generally focuses on visualizing the upcoming event. 

Post-event massage is also delivered on site, through the clothes. The intent here is to calm the nervous system and begin the process of flushing toxins and waste products out of the body. Post-event massage can reduce recovery time, enabling an athlete to resume training much sooner than rest alone would allow. 

When an athlete sustains an injury, skillful massage therapy can often speed and improve the quality of healing. Chinese Cupping combined with sports massage therapy is a very effective form of body work for the athlete.

For more valuable information on other health tips please visit my website at www.DoriWhiteMassageTherapy.com

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This blog was written and adapted  for Dori White, LMT  by Herbalist Valerie Lull, MH. To read Valerie’s blog ‘Simple Ways to Stay Healthy’ go to www.vallull.blogspot.com