Massage Therapy in Charlotte, NC
What types of massage do you offer?
Customized Massage $110/60 min; $145/90 min; $199/120 min
We will tailor a massage that fits your needs.
Rapid Tension Relief (RTR) $35/60 min; $40/90 min; $50/120 min
Uses rapid percussion technology to relieve muscle tension in targeted areas. Pair this option with your massage or stretch session for enhanced relief.
Cupping $35/60 min; $40/90 min; $50/120 min
What is cupping?
Cupping is a type of alternative therapy that originated in China. It involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. The suction may facilitate healing with blood flow.
Many Taoists believe that cupping helps balance yin and yang, or the negative and positive, within the body. Restoring balance between these two extremes is thought to help with the body’s resistance to pathogens as well as its ability to increase blood flow and reduce pain.
Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This may relieve muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It may also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue.
People use cupping to complement their care for a host of issues and conditions.
What should I expect during a cupping treatment?
During a cupping treatment, a cup is placed on the skin and then heated or suctioned onto the skin. The cup is often heated with fire using alcohol, herbs, or paper that’s placed directly into the cup. The fire source is removed, and the heated cup is placed with the open side directly on your skin.
Some modern cupping practitioners have shifted to using rubber pumps to create suction versus more traditional heat methods.
When the hot cup is placed on your skin, the air inside the cup cools and creates a vacuum that draws the skin and muscle upward into the cup. Your skin may turn red as the blood vessels respond to the change in pressure.
With dry cupping, the cup is set in place for a set time, usually between 5 and 10 minutes.
After the cups are removed, the practitioner may cover the previously cupped areas with ointment and bandages. This helps prevent infection. Any mild bruising or other marks usually go away within 10 days of the session.
What are the side effects of cupping?
There aren’t many side effects associated with cupping. The side effects you may experience will typically occur during your treatment or immediately after.
You may feel lightheaded or dizzy during your treatment. You may also experience sweating or nausea.
After treatment, the skin around the rim of the cup may become irritated and marked in a circular pattern. You may also have pain at incision sites or feel lightheaded or dizzy shortly after your session.
Infection is always a risk after undergoing cupping therapy. The risk is small and usually avoided if your practitioner follows the right methods for cleaning your skin and controlling infection before and after your session.
Other risks include:
scarring of the skin
Who shouldn't have cupping?
Cupping therapy isn’t recommended for everyone. Extra caution should be taken for the following groups:
Children under 4 years old shouldn’t receive cupping therapy. Older children should only be treated for very short periods.
Seniors. Our skin becomes more fragile as we age. Any medication you may be taking might have an effect as well.
Pregnant people. Avoid cupping the abdomen and lower back.
Those who are currently menstruating.
Don’t use cupping if you use blood-thinning medication. Also avoid cupping if you have:
a skin ulcer
experienced recent trauma
an internal organ disorder
Stretch $35/60 min; $40/90 min; $50/120 min