"Cupping therapy is the oldest and most globally practiced medical treatment in human history"    - Izharul Hasan

Much like acupuncture, cupping therapy, is truly incredible; it is simple to administer, yet offers profound benefits.  It provides detoxification, relief from muscle tension, similar benefits/effects to deep tissue massage, and very often, unparalleled relaxation.  This ancient therapy, and the marks that often result from it, gained notoriety during the 2016 Rio Olympics. In the Western world, insufficient understanding of Eastern medicine, coupled with the bruise-like appearance of these marks; has (unfortunately) caused a lot of misconception about this incredible healing treatment.

*  these marks are NOT bruises.  bruises are caused by impact trauma and damage to capillaries; neither of which occur with correctly performed cupping therapy.

*  although the marks may look like a bruise and appear painful, they are NOT. In fact, quite the opposite of causing pain; most patients experience the pain relieving effects of cupping immediately following treatment.

*  the marks are actually visible proof of the healing that has occurred, and of the toxins and stagnation that have been pulled (to the surface of the skin) from deeper layers of muscle and tissue.

* once people understand what the marks are, and feel the results for themselves; their concerns disappear. it is because cupping therapy can be so relaxing and the effects so immediate, that it is often requested as part of treatment,

*  when you get injured, you bruise.  bruising occurs in the deeper layers of muscle and tissue, not just at the surface where you can see it. 

Have you ever fell or bumped into something and been surprised that you didn't have a bruise?  you probably did, it just wasn't visible to you.

*  not only can injuries create deep bruises, they may also cause edema.  the combination of these rogue fluids, can easily block circulation to the area, resulting in pain, dysfunction / decreased range of motion, and chronic conditions. the longer an injury is left untreated, the deeper the stagnation can/will settle.

*  the suction (negative pressure) created by the cups, pulls the stagnated (non-circulating) blood and fluids away from the injured tissue. in it's place, fresh, healthy, oxygenated blood, is free to circulate ... leading to less pain and faster recovery.

*  marks will appear anywhere there  is dead, static blood, lymph, cellular debris, pathogenic factors, and toxins present in the body.

*  the color of the marks depends on the depth/intensity, and type of stagnation in the area. 

* the more discoloration that surfaces, thegreater level of stagnation and toxicity needing to be purged from the body.

*  darker marks reflect deeper stagnation, and may take longer to disappear. other factors may also contribute to how long it takes a cupping mark to fade. for instance, if the person receiving treatment sweats (releases toxins) a lot every day, no marks may ever occur.  people who receive cupping treatment regularly usually see a decrease in the occurrence of darker marks, while those who live, work, or play in toxic environments, may consistently mark.

* often, the greatest amount of toxins are drawn to the surface in the first few treatments, and typically lessen in intensity over the course of treatment.

* once pulled to the more superficial layers of tissue, these toxins are free to leave your body by way of the circulatory system (urine, poop, sweat, carbon dioxide).  drinking plenty of water is imperative to receiving the full  detoxification effects of your treatment.  As with everything, opinions vary, but an easy equation to remember is; drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day (75 ounces if you are 150 pounds).

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Cupping - Pura Vida Acupuncture and Yoga in Portland, Maine

Kristen Boze offers Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Yoga in Portland, Maine

Pura Vida Acupuncture and Yoga offers safe, effective Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Yoga in Portland, Maine

Cupping - Pura Vida Acupuncture and Yoga in Portland, Maine

© 2017 Kristen Boze,


"Music puts wings on the human spirit."                      - Frank Sinatra

I have been in love with music for as long as I can remember.  It brings me great joy, that through and acupuncture and yoga; I am able to utilize my love of music as a way to connect with my patients and students. 

Music is incredible in it's ability to awaken the senses, inspire the soul and quiet the mind.  It's a common opinion that music is distracting in a yoga practice, and while I  appreciate and understand the value of silence; I also find music to be incredibly therapeutic.  The problem I find, is that silence, in a yoga practice, can be incredibly loud.  In the vast space that silence creates, our minds wander wildly, leaving very few moments to be spent in the present.  Music holds your attention, which allows for a cerebral experience of the present moment; one that has the ability to affect real and lasting change.  It is this kind of experience that ultimately leads to healing of physical, mental and emotional dis-ease. The immense capacity of our minds is a blessing and a curse.  They hold so much about the past and the future, distracting us away from the moment that truly matters.

Our senses connect us to the outside world, and when combined with a practice of mindfulness, they provide a bridge between our mind and physical body. Understanding how the stimuli of the world around us affects shifts in the energy within us, is a powerful way to learn about ourselves. That kind of understanding is the only way to truly be able to take control of your health ... your life.

Music, unique in it's ability to create a cathartic release, can bring about a shift in emotional energy unlike any yoga class or acupuncture needle.  The ability to let go, to emote, to be vulnerable, to release the emotions you have been holding onto; is essential to the ability to heal physically. Both acupuncture and a yoga work to unblock stuck energy. Music can encourage the physical purging of the energy that is released. Holding onto emotional pain will  keep you sick, and releasing it assists in your ability to heal. It all comes back to energy.  Where it is stuck, we need to move it, and what doesn't serve you, needs to be released. We are energy, music is energy.  I believe that music is medicine.

© 2017 Kristen Boze,