What is Fascia?
Fascia, (fash-ē-ah) is commonly referred to as the "glue" which holds the body together.  In fact, it has been estimated that if all the structures of the human body were removed except for the fascia, the body would still retain a human form.
Fascia is a densley woven connective tissue "web" which runs from the tips of the toes to the top of the head without interruption.  Its three dimensional structure covers and interpenetrates every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, and creates a support system for organs. 
Fascia plays an important role in the support and function of our bodies In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and has the ability to stretch and move without restriction.

When one experiences physical trauma, emotional trauma, scarring, or inflammation, fascia loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted, and a source of tension to the rest of the body. Fascial restrictions can exert excessive pressure causing all kinds of symptoms producing pain, headaches, restricted movement and posture imbalanve.

Fascial restrictions affect our flexibility and stability, and are a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and perform daily activities.

Cupping and fascial massage modalities will alieve tight fascia and can take pressure off joints, bones and muscle.
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What does the Fascial System do?
One function of the fascial system is to reduce friction of muscular force generated by activities or external forces. An example of this is found in the act of walking.  A healthy fascial system provides glide to muscles and ensures one's range of motion while adjusting to the bending of the joints, the swinging of the arms and gait of the legs.
Fascia becomes important clinically when it loses hydration, becomes too stiff or has decreased shearing ability.  A compromised Fascial System results in poor mobility at joints, chronic pain, muscle trigger points and pain.
The picture to the right depicts a sweater made of yarn.   Imagining that the sweater is the fascial system, and the yarn is the fascia. Notice the pull of the fascia to the lower right of the sweater. This pull can be a "knot", an acute injury, a scar or burn, or an chronic injury.  Notice the effect the fascial pull has on the remainder of the sweater.  
When healthy fascia becomes dehydrated, scarred, or immobile, the whole fascia system becomes effected. Because fascia is found continuously through out the muscular system, an untreated fascial imbalance can cause a domino effect of muscle fatigue and stress to surrounding muscles.  
Have you heard of Plantar Fasciitis?  In most cases, while the pain is felt in the fascia of the bottom of the foot, the cause is found in the legs, hips or lower back. 


***The information above contains partial excerpts from from author John F. Barnes, PT, LMT, NCTMB
He is an internationally recognized physical therapist, lecturer, author, and the leading authority on Myofascial Release. 

Breast Tissue Treatment 
The MediCupping machine used to provide regulated lift in my services, was invented to gently lift tissues off the rib cage of mastectomy patients.  Anita Shannon LMT, who invented MediCupping saw relief in her patients and restored comfort of their necks, backs and rib cage.  They could breathe again! Besides breath, she gave them the control of the placement the cups hence maintaining comfort as a priority.

Abdominal Health
While inflammation to the abdomen is something we have all suffered from at one point, there are people who are chronically battling inflammation on a daily or timely basis. Chronic heat from inflammation to the midsection over time can dehydrate any tissues lying above or around it.  The Lymphatic System (located just below the skin's surface) suffers greatly and result is commonly referred to as "solid bloat".  Contemporary Cupping simultaneously causes vasodilation (opening in the arterioles so blood can flow more freely) and creates warmth to skin's surface.  As the heat rises, Lymph is softened and can be now moved to relieve harmful "solid bloat".​​