FREE add-on treatment for both Therapeutic and Relaxation Massage
Your massage therapist will help determine if cupping is appropriate to your overall health history, skin condition, and goals.
“Cupping” is a therapeutic practice that involves placing a concave cup over the skin to create a seal of suction. The cup is then either left in place (“parked”) or dragged across the skin.
With the main intention being to bring blood closer to the surface, some benefits of cupping are said to include:
- enhanced joint mobility,
- lowered blood pressure,
- and loosened fascia (think tight, restricted muscles).
At Theralleve, we work with silicone cups and use the “Dynamic Cupping” method. This means that the cups are used for a shorter duration (typically, less than 20 minutes of your overall massage treatment time) and the cups are moved more than they are stationary.
Although there can be no guarantee as to whether a client’s skin will mark or not (the ‘marking’ being a temporary circular darkening of the skin due to the cup’s suction), your massage therapist will always to be mindful of both the suction pressure and amount of time the cups have been left on the skin.
Most people feel relaxed and even energized after cupping, but there are many factors we consider including it in treatment. For a full list of side effects and a more comprehensive look, we recommend you read our blog.
Because we know that cupping might still be a curiosity to you, we welcome any questions – please do not hesitate to email, phone, or ask us at your next appointment.
TMJ (D) Temporomandibular Joint (Dysfunction)
The three pillars of a great treatment plan: Assessment, Treatment and Homecare
TMJD is a dysfunction of the jaw – including the joint itself and/or surrounding muscles – and can affect people in different ways. Often influenced by posture, how the body behaves at rest and at work can influence both internal (stress, psychological) and external (mobility, flexibility) responses. These responses can alter the orientation and function of the jaw which can create habits of compensation or other conditions, often leading to pain. TMJ massage aims to increase mobility, decrease pain, and create better body awareness. A TMJ massage pulls together information about contributing life factors and clinical assessment to form the basis for appropriate treatment and homecare.
Availability coming in October
People Who Suffer
- Musicians who play mouth instruments
- Athletes who wear mouth guards
- Individuals who wear braces/mouth appliances/everyday retainers
- Teeth grinders from stress
- Individuals who have been involved in motor vehicle accidents or have had concussions
- Migraine sufferers
- Pain during eating or when yawning
- Pain in the morning or the evening (sometimes both)
- Ringing in ears
- Stiffness trying to open jaw
- Difficulty chewing
- Tenderness around cheeks/jaw
- Hearing a clicking or popping sound when opening mouth
- Neck, back, shoulder pain – often poor posture can have a negative impact on body/jaw alignment resulting in pain and/or discomfort