My name is Danielle Bagley, I am the sole proprietor and therapist at One of Cups. The name started as a simple play on words as I am one girl and my passion is cupping therapy, hence, One of Cups. The name is also a reference to a tarot card, the meaning is an omen of new beginnings and moving forward. So here is so moving forward in our endeavors together!
I am passionate about what I do and love the process of learning and teaching. In massage every day presents a learning experience and when a client has questions I get to geek out and turn it into a teaching experience too. Winning!
On my free time I ride and train horses as well as make silly, yet adorable paper dolls. See above where I mentioned I am a bit of a geek!
How it began!
It started with an acupuncture appointment at AOMA when a student practitioner asked if I was open to having some cupping done. Game for anything I opened Pandora's box. The treatment was simple and I felt muscles relax that had been tense and painful all week. All I could think of walking away from the appointment was how I can apply this technique within my own practice.
I asked around and did a lot of research before I decided to go through ICTA for my certification. Now certified in advanced cupping techniques I still feel the same sense of wonder every time I approach a new issue. The knowledge I have gained has just opened more doors and the possibilities for this modality truly seems endless.
What is cupping?
The simplest way I can describe cupping is that it is almost the opposite of massage. Massage is compression down into the muscle, pushing blood through the tissue. Cupping actually allows space in the body, pulling the tissue and blood flow up through the body and areas of tension without strain.
What are those marks?
The marks left after cupping are not bruises! Bruises happen when the blood vessels are broken from a crush injury and go through a very distinctive color change from purple down to green/yellow. The mark left from a cupping session is simply the blood stagnation coming to the surface. These marks can take minutes to days to dissipate depending on the level of stagnation. Sometimes at the last phase they may look a little yellowish. Sights where you have had a lot of inflammation may be sensitive as the lymphatic system takes time to drain off these areas.
Does cupping hurt?
Just as a good massage should never truly hurt, cupping is the same. There is a fine line with cupping and massage, and that feels so good hurt is a good place to be, but if it is ever painful then it's time to back off.