Pathways Healing

Pathways Healing

Several of our therapists offer Cupping and Gua Sha Therapy for Face and Body. See our services and prices on our booking page.

Cupping Therapy

Cupping with Gua Sha Treatment

Cupping Therapy is most commonly performed on the back to help release tight muscles and improve circulation and lymphatic flow, but it can be done on the entire body, including the face.
Speak to your practitioner about how they may incorporate cupping into your treatment.

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Cosmetic or Facial Cupping and Gua Sha

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Cupping Therapy

Cupping Therapy is a wonderfully relaxing method of stimulating and stretching out muscle tissues, releasing fascia, and strengthening and toning the soft tissues. Cupping is also very beneficial for sore muscles, injuries, (including sports injuries and repetitive strain injuries), TMJ, arthritis, edema, all digestive issues, colds, flus, lymphatic drainage and for detoxifying the body. Cupping is most often done on the clients back, but it can be done on almost any body part. In fact, cupping has many uses in cosmetic therapy.

Here is a description of the process:

  • The practitioner applies a light coat of massage oil over the area to be worked on.
  • The cups are suctioned onto the client’s body at various points chosen according to the symptoms the person is having.
    This is not painful, and is quite a relaxing experience.
  • The cups may be left in place or slowly dragged around on the area in a massage like motion.
    This is very helpful to ease stiff, sore muscles and to draw toxins out through the skin.
  • The cups are removed and sanitized and the client feels great!

NOTE: Even though cupping is painless, there may be discolourations left on the body after the session. This is a result of stagnant blood cells and toxins being pulled up to the surface of the skin by the suction ups. The marks usually go away in a couple of days.

Interestingly, the more toxins you have, the more marks you usually get from the cups. For example if you have a cold, flu or other illness you are more likely to have marks on your skin. As your health improves, the marks will be lighter and lighter with each subsequent treatment. The theory is that darker marks appear because you have toxins in your body, and as the toxins are pulled out over time, your skin will not mark as much with cupping.

Please be sure you are well hydrated before coming for cupping therapy.
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Facial Rejuvenation with Cupping Therapy

In facial rejuvenation with cupping therapy the same results are obtained as in facial acupuncture, but without the needles. Specially designed suction cups gently pull and stimulate the tissues of the face. These cups are never left in place, so you will not get marks on your face, although you may be a bit flushed after the treatment. The muscle tissues respond to this gentle exercise by tightening up. Blood flow and oxygen floods into the face and excess fluids are drained away via the lymphatic system. Cupping therapy is wonderfully relaxing!

In both approaches, sagging facial muscles are stimulated and they begin to tighten up and lift up the way they used to years ago. Reduce the appearance of under-eye bags and tighten up those jowls. Get the apples back in your cheeks!
Your skin will become more radiant looking and blemishes often reduce or disappear.

These therapies are said to take approximately 5 to 15 years off of your appearance and you will feel great too, as Bonnie always takes a whole body approach!

The treatments are extremely relaxing and rejuvenating and you may find that other physical complaints are alleviated at the same time as you become younger looking!

Facial therapies can even be effective for reducing acne break-outs. Watch the video to see what facial cupping therapy looks like:

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What is Gua Sha?
Gua sha is sometimes referred to as “scraping,” or IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization). The technique called “Graston” that some physiotherapists use is also based on gua sha. Gua sha can be done on the body or the face. Bonnie incorporates gentle facial gua sha into her Facial Cupping.

Stone, bone or metal tools are used to scrape down the length of a muscle, breaking up fascia knots and scar tissue to release the muscles. Gua sha also promotes healthy circulation.

Clients may come out of a gua sha treatment with blotchy skin, red spots, streaks of redness, and irritated looking skin. This is actually not painful if performed correctly, and clients will feel very loose and relaxed.

The “sha” is a release, of what Traditional Chinese Medicine identifies as trapped “heat.” This “heat” can refer to pain, trigger points, knotted muscles, or inflammation. The theory is that when we scrape along the muscle, it brings the heat or the sha to the surface and releases the underlying discomfort.

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