Cupping therapy is by far my favorite modality to work with because it is so effective and has so many applications. If you are already familiar with cupping therapy, it is important to note that the facial cupping techniques described here will not leave discoloration on the face, because of the techniques used in this protocol. It should also be noted that facial cupping may be done therapeutically for TMJD, Bell’s Palsy or other more significant restrictions in the fascia of the face, and these therapeutic techniques might produce the discoloration that many have experienced with cupping therapy on other parts of the body. Our focus today is on facial cupping for rejuvenation and to reduce wrinkles and puffiness – very much like getting a facial, but with cups instead!
Facial cupping uses negative pressure with small cups to eliminate the build up of wastes and fluids in the face and neck. With cups specifically designed for the face, the facial tissue experiences a vacuum and lifting effect, resulting in lymphatic drainage, which reduces chronic puffiness to a great degree. Once one side of the face is completed, there is a visible difference from just one treatment – the completed side looks more lifted and has that healthy glow. It’s a wonderfully relaxing treatment that leaves you looking and feeling great at the end of the session!
Not only are you looking and feeling great, but you are also increasing circulation, which enhances both nutrient absorption as well as absorption of any topical treatments such as essential oils. The muscles of the face often have quite a bit of tension – how many of you have had TMJ pain or a popping jaw? Facial cupping reduces that tension and tightness, softening those muscles and any scar tissue, and filling out lines and wrinkles as well. Facial cupping treatments are cumulative, especially when treatments are done once or twice per week, which is recommended to achieve lasting visible results. And beyond the health benefits, the treatment simply feels great, whether you’ve ever had any noticeable tension in your facial muscles or not. Everybody’s skin needs a little rejuvenation from time to time. When was the last time you treated your face to some TLC?
Another great result is the drainage of the sinuses during facial cupping. Anyone who experiences any inflammation, infections, or other sinus congestion would also benefit from facial cupping, while simultaneously receiving the other aesthetic and health benefits mentioned above. Combine that with some essential oil for the sinuses at the end of the treatment, and your sinuses will thank you! Once again, it will likely take a series of treatments to see lasting results for sinus drainage, especially if the source of the recurring sinus infections or congestion is not addressed.
Facial cupping requires specific training and should be performed by a Certified Cupping Therapist (CCT) who has been trained in this protocol. There is an extensive network of nerves in the face, and care must be taken when performing this service. There are several therapists at Renu who are both trained and certified to provide this service, and we’d love to work with you to achieve your facial rejuvenation!
Heidi Aschenbrenner, LMBT, CCT, BCTMB, and Member AOBTA, is the owner of Renu Massage, Energy & Bodywork, specializing in Eastern bodywork therapies and the Eastern healing arts. Heidi and her team of therapists all strive to achieve balance in each session through the use of energy work incorporated into their bodywork therapies and have all been trained in Eastern healing techniques and cupping therapy. Renu offers an infrared sauna from Sunlighten Saunas for deeper healing and detoxification after your session. For more information on cupping therapy in general, please visit renumadison.com.