Massage, Massage Cupping & Reiki

Therapeutic Massage

You may not know that a simple massage can have tremendous health benefits. You'll probably be happy to know the benefits of a massage for relieving stress. There are several types of massages that can help to relieve tension in the focal area. Relieving this tension also releases stress from your body. Massages can actually help to remove toxins from your body by relieving stress.

Considering how long massage has been around, there must be something to it. Massage has actually been traced back to 2700 BC in China. Many forms of massage have been developed through the centuries and several forms of massage are practiced here in America. 

Given the goals, the customized massage will incorporate a variety of styles that range from gentle, stress relieving  techniques to deep tissue work.

Each of our customized massage have complementary steam, hot towels and a heated table. 

The American Massage Therapy Association website states:

“Massage Therapy Research”

The therapeutic benefits of massage continue to be researched and studied. Recent research has shown the effectiveness of massage for the following conditions:

  • Cancer-related fatigue.11
  • Low back pain.12
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee.13
  • Reducing post-operative pain.14
  • Boosting the body’s immune system functioning.15
  • Decreasing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.16
  • Lowering blood pressure.17
  • Reducing headache frequency.18
  • Easing alcohol withdrawal symptoms.19
  • Decreasing pain in cancer patients.20      
(The numbers next to each benefit of massage indicate how many scientific studies have been proven claim worthy)

Massage Cupping & MediCupping

 It is to promote health and healing by loosening soft tissue and connective tissue, scaring and adhesions, moving stagnation and increasing lymphatic flow and circulation. This therapy utilizes glass or plastic cups and a vacuum pistol to create suction on the body surface. These cups are moved over the skin using gliding, shaking, popping and rotating techniques while gently pulling up on the cup, or may be parked for a short time to facilitate joint mobilization or soft tissue release.  This suction reaches deep into the soft tissue, attachments and organs.  Another benefit is to pull toxins and inflammation from the body to the surface of the skin where the lymphatic can readily eliminate them. (Discoloration (cup kiss) may occur in result due to toxins and old blood being brought to the surface, color goes away in a few hours to a few days.) 

VacuTherapies™ can comfortably:

• Relieve pain and inflammation from injury or chronic conditions.

• Relieve deep muscular issues and reduce muscle spasms.

• Release and soften scar tissue and loosen post-surgery adhesions.

• Lift and stretch soft tissue to separate fascia and restrictions.

• Increase range of movement and flexibility in joints.

• Promote healthy circulation and open the energy flow of the body.

• Move stagnation and enable normal lymphatic flow.

• Enhance any athletic training program to improve performance.

• Reduce “Solid Bloat”.


ACE Massage Cupping™ therapy is a pleasant and gentle, non-invasive technique that achieves powerful results in:

  1. Cellulite Reduction
  2. Pain Reduction
  3. Joint Mobilization
  4. Lymph Drainage
  5. Scar Reduction
  6. Skin Toning and Firming
  7. Pre- and Post-Operative Therapy to
    Shorten Recovery Time & Enhance Surgical Results

  1. Releasing Tight, Contacted Muscle Tissue
  2. Contouring the Face & Body
  3. Assisting with Weight Loss Programs
  4. Athletic Performance Enhancement
  5. Detoxification – Movement of Stagnation

Conditions that respond to ACE Massage Cupping™ therapy:

  1. Fibromyalgia
  2. Poor Circulation
  3. Sciatica
  4. Insomnia & Anxiety
  5. Cellulite
  6. Toxicity
  7. Asthma & Pneumonia
  8. TMJ Dysfunction
  9. Diabetes
  10. Parkinson’s Disease
  11. Chronic Pain
  12. Menopause
  13. Arthritis

  1. Neuralgia
  2. Scoliosis
  3. Lung Inflammation & Congestion
  4. Migraine, Tension Heachaches, & Sinusitis
  5. High Blood Pressure / Low Blood Pressure
  6. Sluggish Colon & IBS
  7. Stagnant Lymph Edema
  8. Pre- & Post-Operative Conditions
  9. Athletic Stress & Injury
  10. Bursitis, Tendonitis, & Plantar Fasciitis
  11. Scars & Adhesions
  12. Spider Veins & Varicosities
  13. Muscular Aches

ACE Massage Cupping™ continues to evolve as new equipment is located and creative applications are discovered. The techniques relieve inflammation, sedate the nervous system, move stagnant lymph and blood, hydrate and nourish tissue, shift tissue PH, and can be used on acute and chronic conditions for all ages!

The Face

ACE Massage Cupping™ applications for the face evolved from the discovery of wonderful MICRO-CUPS that can be used to vacuum across the skin, or mimic the pumping movements of lymphatic drainage. This procedure can easily be done in a few minutes, and is simply a manual method that mimics equipment currently in use today. The benefits include increased local circulation to the skin, bringing nutrition to the surface, stimulating natural elasticity along with enhanced assimilation of ampoules, masks and serums. Vacuum therapy on the face is remarkable for relieving sinus congestion and for draining stagnant fluids to ease puffiness, while eyebrows often actually lift back up to the brow line! The muscles of the face benefit greatly from reduced tension and tightness, easing expression lines and loosening rigid muscles associated with TMJ disorders. Lines, wrinkles and scar tissue will soften with ACE Massage Cupping™, and rosaceous or congested skin can quickly clear. This is a perfect preparation and recovery protocol for any facial surgeries.

The Body

ACE Massage Cupping™ therapy for body treatments has yielded amazing results when combined with a simple Aromatherapy Cocoon for weight reduction, stop smoking and more. Adding VacuTherapies™ into a body treatment not only enhances absorption of applied products, but assists in the drainage of stagnant fluids. While it is not recommended to combine ACE Massage Cupping ™ with aggressive exfoliation treatments, it is easily integrated into most body treatment procedures.

Almost any massage therapy modality can be enhanced by the addition of ACE Massage Cupping™ bodywork. The wide range of equipment and machines that are now available allows for a variety of applications and benefits. Pre- and post-surgical benefits create increased professional and personal referrals. Private therapists and spas can choose manual glass or polycarbonate sets that require a simple pump to create the vacuum, then upgrade to a machine to support continuing success and ease for the practitioner.

Magnetic Cups

Micro-cup sets and magnetic micro-cups allow for ACE Massage Cupping™ therapy to be used for injuries and pain management, neuropathy, scar reduction, joint issues, and scoliosis. Reflexology treatments for the hands, feet and face are easily enhanced with micro-cup magnets, and they can also be used with knowledge of trigger points, neuro-lymphatic points and shiatsu tsubos. These powerful tools are used to shift the PH of tissue, enabling release of old debris and enhanced blood and lymphatic flow. Another age-old tool with modern applications and exciting results!

Benefits of ACE Massage Cupping™ Therapy

With a rich history of medical applications, how does ACE Massage Cupping™ fit into current medical and wellness practices and facilities?

Vacuum therapy is not an irritant to the skin or body.  It draws the inflammation out from deep in the tissues to be released. The skin can turn red with strong movements, indicating that circulation has been brought to the surface. Application of liniments, analgesics, plant hydrosols and essential oil blends immediately after treatment will enable absorption of the product deep into the tissue.

Increased local blood supply to the muscles and skin will bring nourishment and allow for toxins to be carried away via the lymph.  Conditions of chronic and acute pain can be relieved with minimal discomfort and tense muscles softened quickly and easily.  ACE Massage Cupping™ is wonderfully effective to release restrictions in fascia and scar tissue, such as plantar fasciitis.

Larger cups are used for the broad areas of the back, and a strong vacuum will mimic the rolling action of deep tissue massage without the discomfort. The movement may be long and draining or circular and stimulating for stubborn knots and areas of rigid tissue. ACE Massage Cupping™ techniques can be used to mimic other massage modalities without stress on the hands of the therapist.

One of the most beneficial applications of vacuum therapy is for preparation and recovery from surgical procedures. Physicians are amazed at the speed and total recovery that their patients exhibit when ACE Vacutherapies™ are used to complement their surgical work. Patients with extreme burns and deep abdominal scars such as C-sections can now benefit from a comfortable therapy to loosen and soften rigid tissue, no matter how old the scar is.

The action on the nervous system is sedating and people often fall into a deep state of relaxation. On a deeper therapeutic level, this nervous system sedation is beneficial for those with high blood pressure, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, chronic headaches, fibromyalgia and neuralgia. The sensation is truly beyond description! People have often reported a deep warmth and tingling sensation long after the treatment has ended.

Another effective application of ACE Massage Cupping™ is in the treatment of cellulite.  A very light suction provides drainage, while heavier application can be used to stimulate circulation, liquefy deposits of Solid Bloat and loosen adhesions or “dimpling.”  The thighs and hip region should be treated with vacuum therapy prior to any wrapping procedure to enhance the absorption of product.  Successful and enjoyable body sculpting and contouring is possible, with lasting results and many health benefits!

Treatments using ACE Massage Cupping™ include a revolutionary face lifting and drainage treatment and magnetic micro-cup treatments for the body and magnetic reflexology for the feet and hands. The magnetic equipment is showing great results in the treatment of scoliosis, old and new injury sites, along with neuropathy and pain common with diabetes, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, edema, sciatica and more..

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Reiki…Restore Balance, Restore You

by Camille Bird

CMT, Certified Reiki Practitioner

Vitality Massage & Wellness, Richmond, VA

15 November 2013

Growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah, I remember going to the Hansen Planetarium and being fascinated by the plasma globe displayed near its grand entrance.  A plasma globe is a clear glass ball with pink and purple "lightening" inside and when you touch it, the lightening collects at your fingertips and causes your hair to stand on its end.

I imagine our bodies in much the same way…we are full of electricity which is manipulated and shifted with everything we touch, eat, drink, think and feel.  Our bodies take part in daily rituals at the cellular level, using electricity and collecting electricity in the same way we spend and save money.

Reiki is a Tibetan healing art that is 2500 or more years old.  Reiki centers the chakra system and induces deep relaxation that promotes healing.  The chakra system is the energy system in our body…the center of our "plasma globe."  There are major chakras through the center of our bodies.  In recent years, chakras have also been discovered in our hands and feet, our fingertips and our toes, our ears and our…well, every things.  To apply Reiki, the practitioner places their hands on or near the chakras of the body (depending on the comfort level of the client) and uses universal energy pulled through their own crown chakra.  This energy, or electricity, passes through their hands so the client is allowed to use the energy to heal their own body, mind and spirit if they choose to.

You are the plasma globe…as a Reiki practitioner, I offer you a moment to focus on your own body and take note of the places you would like to release, places you would simply like to notice with a respectful glance from the inside, and places emotional, physical and spiritual that you would like to pay homage to.  In this inward reflection, you can restore balance…restore you.

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