lows to every part of the body and through every organ and tissue. There are five meridians on the back that, when opened, allow invigorating energy to travel the whole length of the body, relax tissue, and target specific . Many believe that Cupping is probably the best way of opening those meridians. Read More

History of Cupping Therapy

Cupping Therapy was practiced in ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the 'Ebers Papyrus', describes how the ancient Egyptians were using cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C. Another early recording on the use of cupping  occurred in the early fourth century, when the noted herbalist Ge Hong wrote about a form of cupping in A Handbook of Prescriptions. Later books written during the Tang and Qing dynasties described cupping in great detail; one textbook included an entire chapter on “fire jar qi,” a type of cupping that could alleviate headaches, dizziness and abdominal pain.

Originally, practitioners would use hollowed-out animal horns for cups, and place them over particular points or meridians. Today, most USA acupuncturists use cups made of thick glass, plastic, or silicone. Bamboo, iron, and pottery cups are still used in other countries.

Western medical societies are skeptical of Cupping Therapy's health claims due to the lack of research. However a 2012 study  in theJournal PLOS ONEsuggests that Cupping Therapy may be more than a placebo effect. 195 Australian and Chinese research studies conducted between 1992 and 2010 suggest that Cupping Therapy is effective when combined with other treatments such as acupuncture and medication for the treatment of herpes zoster, acne, facial paralysis, and cervical spondylosis. All agree that better studies are needed to conclude more definite findings.

Benefits of Cupping Therapy

Drawing up the skin is opens up your skin’s pores. Which in turn helps to stimulate the flow of blood, balances and realigns the flow of qi (energy), breaks up obstructions, and creates an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body. The suction and negative pressure provided by Cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system making it an excellent therapy for high blood pressure and anxiety. Cupping can affect your body up to four inches into the tissues and cause your tissues to:

> Release toxins
> Activate the lymphatic system which is great for immunity
> Clear colon blockages
> Help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries
> Clear breathing passages, relief congestion, and help control asthma
> Activate the skin
> Clear stretch marks
> Improve varicose veins
> Certain kinds of pain relief

Distinct Touch and Cupping Therapy

​Dr Olivia Valenzuela (BD, DNM) uses Cupping Therapy to treat certain physical conditions. Our experience and training allows us to determine the suitability of using Cupping Therapy given your particular physical issues and certain success parameters. Call or schedule an appointment online today at (719) 471-3535 Colorado Springs or (303)463-3306 Arvada.  We will first evaluate your condition and discuss what is needed for your situation.



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How To Prepare for Your Cupping Therapy


Distinct Touch recommends:

Drink at least 40 oz. of water before your appointment.

Shower or bathe before your appointment but avoid applying lotion to your back or the back of your legs.

During cupping we may apply essential oils. For maximum effect, we ask leave these oils on overnight.

What is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping is an ancient Chinese method where of causing local congestion. Small glass cups, bamboo jars, or silicone cups are placed upside down on the skin. The clinician then creates a partial vacuum by using heat or suction. The partial vacuum action draws up the tissues underneath. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stagnation is formed and localized healing takes place.

Cupping Therapy has been further developed as a means to open the 'Meridians' of the body. Meridians are the conduits in the body through which energy


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Glass cups are the preferred equipment used in the USA because they do not break as easily as pottery or deteriorate like bamboo, and they allow the acupuncturist to see the skin and evaluate the effects of treatment.

Red marks may remain on the skin for approximately 3-5 days after therapy. Generally Distinct Touch will not use cupping on clients with skin rashes, diabetes, bone fractures, pregnant women, muscle spasms, or metastatic cancer.

Cupping is probably the best deep tissue massage available. Cupping, the technique, is very useful, relaxing, and safe and can be easily incorporated into your health practices. In a
newspaperarticle, clients described Cupping Therapy as warm, massage feeling. One person said it felt like a kiss.
​In a typical cupping session, glass cups are warmed using a cotton ball which is soaked in alcohol and a flammable substance. It is then lit and placed inside the cup. Burning a substance inside the cup removes all the oxygen, which creates the Cupping vacuum needed for suction.

As the substance burns, the cup is turned upside-down so that the practitioner can place the cup over a specific area. The vacuum created by the lack of oxygen anchors the cup to the skin and pulls the skin upward on the inside of the glass as the air inside the jar cools.

Watch Cupping demonstration by clicking theYouTubevideo.

How Cupping Therapy Works

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