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Cupping T​herapy​

Cupping is a safe, traditional treatment that helps resolve chronic muscle tightness and pain faster than massage therapy alone.

From Olympic athletes to stay at home moms, people are rediscovering the benefits of cupping. Maybe you’ve even seen people at your gym or swimming pool with those tell-tale red circles on their backs and shoulders. It’s becoming more common for people to request cupping to relieve chronic muscle soreness. But did you know that cupping can be used to treat many other complaints?

Cupping increases circulation

The suction from the cups increases circulation to the area where the cups are placed. The additional blood flow to that area can help relieve muscle tension and promote cell repair. Increasing circulation with cupping also helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Yes ladies I said it, cellulite!

Cupping encourages tissues to release toxins

Yes, you do have organs that remove toxins from your blood. But the modern lifestyle overloads your body with toxins. Cupping gives your body a boost in releasing those toxins. Focused blood flow helps your body by flushing built-up toxins through the lymphatic system. (Your lymphatic system is responsible for eliminating your body’s toxins and waste.)

Cupping reduces anxiety

When your therapist glides the cups across your skin, your parasympathetic nervous system engages. This promotes deep relaxation to move through your entire body. (Your parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for slowing your heart rate, assisting in digestion, and increasing intestinal and gland activity.)

Cupping can reduce stretch marks and scars

Increased blood flow enables your body to dispose of toxins, restores lymphatic circulation, and helps remove edema (excess fluid), which helps reduce the appearance of scarring. Studies have shown the positive effects of cupping on stretch marks and scars even in areas that are far from the area where the cups are applied.

Cupping can improve varicose veins and

 spider veins

Varicose veins look like bulging, bluish veins just under your skin, usually on legs and feet. They happen when the valves inside the vein aren’t working properly—the valves don’t effectively push the blood from the muscle back to the heart, so the blood congests and the veins twist and bulge. Cupping helps by bringing fresh blood flow and oxygen back to the problem areas. You’ll notice your varicose veins appear lighter after your first session, though it will take a series of cupping sessions for lasting results. (Note: only dry, not wet, cupping is recommended for treating varicose veins. At Resilience, I only practice dry cupping.)

Cupping can clear congestion and help treat asthma

Congestion (the buildup of fluid or phlegm in your lungs) caused by a cold, bronchitis, or even asthma can be treated with cupping. The suction from cups breaks up and expels congestion. It brings oxygen rich blood and lymph toward your lungs and your other respiratory muscles. Cups are usually placed on your back, but may be placed on your chest as well. Your therapist may leave the cups in place, or may gently glide them in an upward motion to facilitate the movement of the lymph fluid. Facial cupping can also be used to help unblock your sinuses.

Cupping can clear colon blockages 

and aid digestion

Cupping helps to engage the parasympathetic nervous system, which increases blood flow to the digestive tract. Gentle cupping over the abdomen also stimulates the insides of your digestive organs. It aids in peristalsis (contractions that push food through your digestive tract), helps clear colon blockages, encourages blood and body-fluid to move through your organs, and helps relieve indigestion.

  *Planning to be in Huntersville NC? Book a massage and ask about cupping therapy and experience the benefits for yourself.

Gua Sha

Gua sha is a traditional Chinese healing method in which a trained professional uses a smooth-edged tool to stroke your skin while they press on it. This motion can raise small, red, rash-like dots that show under your skin called petechiae. People use gua sha to treat chronic pain all over their body, boost blood circulation, and encourage lymphatic drainage to banish bloat. It helps break up fascia, the connective tissue that hugs muscles but can sometimes interfere with optimal circulation.

Kinesio tape (K-tape)

Athletic tape is used for support and to limit motion, and kinesiology tape is used to facilitate motion and inhibit pain and spasm. Kinesiology tape is a flexible material that moves when you move; athletic tape is relatively inflexible. Kinesiology tape helps to improve lymph transport and increase circulation.

Medical Massage

Whether you are dealing with an injury, stress, or have certain conditions, in many cases having a medical message with a trained professional can improve your health.

The following benefits of Medical Massage Therapy include:

Nerve Compression Relief

Soft tissue, bone or cartilage can result in nerve compression or entrapment. Medical Massage Therapy relieves resulting conditions such as pseudo sciatica, paresthesia, muscle atrophy, pseudo angina, referred pain and more.

Myofascial Trigger Points Deactivation

Medical Massage Therapy deactivates the high areas of neurological activity that refers pain throughout the body, dramatically reducing everyday pain.

Improved Circulation

Medical Massage Therapy enhances the nourishment that cells receive from the blood and lymph, and (enhances) the waste (carried away) from the cells. This improved (transportation) optimizes cell regeneration and overall general health.

Ischemia Prevention

Medical Massage Therapy prevents the hypersensitivity and tissue injury caused by Ischemia by releasing tight and sore muscles throughout the body.

Improved Flexibility

Medical Massage Therapy reduces the risk of joint and disk degeneration by reducing hypertonicity and hypotonicity and restoring normal range of motion.

Decreased Pain and Inflammation

Medical Massage Therapy releases muscles in spasm or tension and releases toxins, improving overall muscle function.

Nervous System Relaxation

Medical Massage Therapy relaxes nerve endings in the skin and muscles to ensure appropriate functioning throughout the entire body.

Benefits of Medical Massage Therapy can also aid in digestion, acute headache treatment, sprains, neck and back pain, improve posture and prevent future chronic pain conditions when trigger points and soft tissue injuries are effectively treated.

Accredited massage therapists are licensed health care professionals that work in alliance with physicians, Neurologists, Psychiatrists, Podiatrists and more to wholly treat a client. Medical Massage Therapy may be covered by insurance if deemed medically necessary by a physician. 

  *Resilience does not file medical insurance directly but we will be more than happy to give you the information and documents needed to be reimbursed.

Deep Tissue Massage

There are many benefits of a deep tissue massage but here are just a few of them.


 Reduces pain

The most obvious and immediate benefit of a deep tissue massage is pain relief. As the skin is massaged, it slows the activity of inflammatory cytokines, which contribute to pain and inflammation. Additionally, massage helps increase the proteins that signal the muscles to produce more mitochondria, which helps muscles recover from injury and activity.

 Optimizes joint mobility/flexibility and muscle length and capacity

With the prominence of desk jobs, muscle injuries are now more prominent than they were 50 years ago. Deep tissue massages can help improve flexibility and range of motion by helping stimulate the body’s natural lubricants.

Prevents injury

In addition lubricant stimulation, this type of massage can also help with “lactate clearance, delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS), muscle fatigue…and injury prevention and treatment,” which is why it is so popular with athletes (source).

Improves posture

A lesser known deep tissue massage benefit is how great it can be for your posture! Considering poor posture is one of the leading causes of back pain, massage is a great, all-natural way to help improve this important aspect of your life. While lifestyle changes are certainly required for improved posture, deep tissue massages can help reset the body to its natural alignment and relax the sore muscles.

Decreases stress and improves mood

High levels of stress cause the body to produce excess cortisol, which can lead to various health problems. Fortunately, deep tissue massage has been proven to lower levels of cortisol and increase levels of serotonin and oxytocin, hormones that are responsible for overall happiness, trust and relationship building. Read more on how massage can help your mental health here.

  *Whether you’re an athlete recovering from an injury, an employee with back pain or an overworked mom, there are a plethora of deep tissue massage benefits that can help you get back to living a more balanced pain free life!


Active Isolated Stretching

You’ve probably heard about active isolated stretching (AIS). This happens to be a stretching method that is a combination of short and controlled stretches, as well as intervals of relaxation. This overrides the tendency of your muscles to contract whenever they’re stretched tight.

Furthermore, this scientific stretching method offers quick relief for pain and stiffness in the neck, back, shoulder, hip, or knee. In case you’re not aware, pain symptoms go away when the body starts to move and work as it should.

Stress Relief

This stretching method can effectively reduce your level of stress by relaxing your body and mind. As the stretch practitioner manipulates your body, your adrenal glands’ release of the stress hormone called cortisol reduces.

Increases Your Mobility

Since aging bodies lose their mobility and flexibility, older adults tend to find it challenging to move freely and their risk of injury becomes an all-time high. In some cases, this problem can even affect the way they perform their regular daily activities. With AIS, functional flexibility will be restored.

Improves Your Posture

One of the best things about AIS is that it can effectively improve and maintain your posture. When your posture is correctly aligned, you’ll not only exude confidence but your energy levels will also be maintained.

Furthermore, you’ll be able to steer clear of prolonged structural imbalances as your muscle function becomes efficient. People who have good posture won’t be prone to lower back pain.

Promotes Good Circulation and 

Reduced Water Retention

Aside from improving your blood circulation, assisted AIS will also cause your tissues and organs to perform at their best as sufficient oxygen is being delivered throughout your body. Someone who suffers water retention will also benefit from AIS because it reduces the swelling in the legs that are triggered by poor blood circulation.

Neuromuscular Therapy & 

Structural Bodywork​

Neuromuscular therapy is a type of massage that highly specializes in treating soft tissues of the body. Neuromuscular therapy provides the balance of the nervous system with the muscular and skeletal systems. This helps to naturally bring the body back into alignment.

Neuromuscular therapy focuses on providing relief from pain and dysfunction originating from specific areas of soft tissues and trigger points. This type of massage therapy can also help alleviate chronic pain.

Some athletes also seek the benefits of neuromuscular therapy to help improve their performance. Here are the a few benefits of neuromuscular therapy:

Improves Range of Motion

Neuromuscular therapy targets the soft tissue or trigger point that causes the pain. When pain is reduced, the range of motion is improved. This type of massage relieves muscle tension and soreness which boosts mobility and flexibility.

Enhances posture and better balance 

Poor posture affects the body’s balance which may also cause an imbalance in the muscular system. Neuromuscular therapy provides an excellent technique in pain management that brings balance to the nervous and musculoskeletal system.

Treats trigger points and pain referrals 

What are trigger points?

Trigger points are located in the skeletal muscle which produces pain when compressed. Pain may be the result of a trauma, ligament tear, muscle and nerve damage.

Neuromuscular therapy is known for targeting trigger points to alleviate pain and discomfort.

Here are some trigger point conditions that can be treated with neuromuscular therapy:

  • Temporomandibular Joint Pain
  • Headache and Migraine
  • Low Back Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Sports Injuries
Improves biomechanical dysfunction 

What are biochemical dysfunctions?

Biochemical dysfunctions are imbalances of the musculoskeletal system that results in faulty movement patterns. This includes poor lifting hands, bad golf swing or tennis stroke, and tremendous keyboarding hands.

Neuromuscular therapy can help stimulate and increase blood circulation. When blood flow is improved, your joint can function with better flexibility and mobility. This helps your joints to function better while reducing pain and swelling.

Promotes overall health

Neuromuscular therapy does not only provide relaxation but also pain treatment. The goal is to rebuild the strength of injured tissues while restoring your body’s physical functionality. This type of massage also promotes improved blood circulation. Thus, promoting good overall health. 

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What our clients are saying

I highly recommend massage therapy from Melanie. Like most people who spend too much time on the computer and smartphone, my shoulders, chest and neck are super tight and painful, but after massages from Melanie the tightness disappears and I feel so much better. Melanie is skilled at pinpointing problem areas that need help and accommodates the amount of pressure that was best for me.

-Kathy Zering

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