Botanica Ancient Chinese Massage Cupping Therapy
Clearwater, FL (August 29, 2014) – Botanica Day Spa recently announced the addition of massage cupping to their full spa services menu. The technique, based on ancient traditional Chinese medicine, uses small glass cups to create a suctioning of tissue that is lifted up into the cup at a comfortable but effective pressure. The cups are then moved in a gliding motion across the skin to engage more tissue. In contrast, traditional massage primarily uses compression techniques which press down into the tissue. The combination of both modalities opens up a fuller spectrum of techniques with which the therapist can aid the body in achieving greater levels of healing.
Botanica’s licensed massage therapists conduct an in-person consultation with the client prior to the treatment to discuss problematic areas as well as any potential contraindications. The therapist may focus the cupping massage in a variety or combination of different trouble spots including the back, neck, shoulders, stomach, legs and even the face. The technique is praised for itshealth and wellness benefits, targeting:
- Lymphatic drainage
- Improved circulation
- Reduced inflammation
- Release of deep tissue stiffness
- Respiratory clearing
- Reduced visibility of cellulite
A randomized controlled trial conducted in 2012, published in the online journal PLoS One, analyzed the use of cupping massage in 61 patients with neck pain over a 12-week period. After the period of treatment, patients showed significant decreases in pain as well as favorable improvements of inner peace and vitality.
I feel like it achieved the same results if not better than a deep tissue massage, but in a quarter of the time,” said Christine Wheaton, a long-time client of Botanica’s. “I felt loose after the cupping massage and had range in my shoulders and neck that I didn’t have before. I loved it.”
Botanica owner and aesthetician Gen Obolensky said “It has definitely been one of our more popular services. Clients generally come in very curious about it—maybe they saw a picture on our Facebook page or a friend told them about it, and they leave feeling really pleased with the results.”
Obolensky also noted that cupping massage can be enjoyable for those who prefer intense pressure during a massage, but the pressure is scalable for those who may be more sensitive and prefer a lighter touch, “Our therapists specializing in cupping techniques provide a fully individualized, unique experience specific to your preferences and areas you wish to target with the treatment.”
To learn more about cupping massage or to schedule an appointment, call 727-441-1711 or visit them online to book an appointment.
ABOUT BOTANICA DAY SPA
Located in downtown Clearwater, Botanica Day Spa specializes in natural treatments for the body, skin and nails. Recognized in 2013 as first runner-up for Creative Loafing’s “Best of the Bay” awards, Botanica was voted first runner-up for Best Day Spa and first place for Best Mani/Pedi. Botanica was also voted “Best of Tampa Bay” for Brazilian bikini waxing, eyebrow shaping and therapeutic massage by CitySearch in 2010. With an emphasis on the use of organic and natural product lines in a cutting edge beauty services setting, Botanica’s staff is comprised of 12 fully licensed aestheticians, nail technicians, massage therapists and makeup artists offering a full menu of luxury spa services. The spa celebrates its twentieth year in business in 2014.