Tuesday, June 25, 2013

New Balanced Boulder Massage & Cupping office is blooming

Happy Summer!

We made it! My favorite season in Colorado: summer. Wildflowers are blooming at all altitudes, creating a colorful palette for all to enjoy. 

western wildflower, colorado mountain flowers, flowers bloom colorado
Western wallflowers aren't shy!
And why just let the flowers have all the fun? My business is blooming, too!

Balanced Boulder Massage & Cupping has moved into a new office, conveniently located near 30th and Valmont in the Centennial Creek offices. 
All of this "new" is good news for you!

You, my client, enjoy a waiting area that immediately soothes. During your treatment, your therapist is completely focused on you. And while I focus on giving each client the very best treatment possible for their needs, my office slowly transforms and blooms.

Path of columbines soothes hikers

Colorado state flower
Upon each return visit this summer, you will notice slight "blooms" around the office. Essential equipment is in place, but those extra touches are what make each treatment memorable.

A variety of all-natural oils is available to complement your massage and cupping with aromatherapy. (Or use no aroma essence and tune your senses inward). 

The music library contains relaxing tones, ranging from spiritual Native American flute to dreamy Celtic harp to the synchrony of a July frog pond.

To help you bloom and thrive, I will be adding plants (including some which will be used in treatments for their medicinal properties), and a few more decoratives. 

To help clients feel their best, while achieving their health and fitness goals, I will offer special incentives. Everyone should be able to afford regular massage & cupping, to fit it into your wellness plan.

Despite all the new around you, you can feel confident that my highly-skilled hands, with 12 years experience as a massage therapist, will soothe your tension.

Like a new summer wildflower, I hope that you'll grow and thrive this summer with services from Balanced Boulder Massage & Cupping!

Wishing you an amazing summer,
Nina Dropcho

Let your true colors shine: Grow with BBMC in my new Boulder office!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Balanced Boulder Massage & Cupping celebrates a new Boulder office!

Yay! Balanced Boulder Massage & Cupping is settling into its new Boulder "home", near 30th & Valmont in the Centennial Creek offices. The address is 2975 Valmont Rd., Suite 200, Boulder CO. Our building is closest to 30th (on the right, or east).
Balanced Boulder Massage & Cupping, 2975 Valmont Rd, Suite 200, Boulder CO
Centennial Creek offices (in the trees) when driving on Valmont
Pull in the driveway. There is plenty of shaded parking around the back (north side of the building), beside an open grassy area.

Balanced Boulder Massage & Cupping, 2975 Valmont Rd, Suite 200, Boulder CO, Nina Dropcho
Driveway on north side of Valmont
 Enter on the north side. Enter, Come up the stairs to the 2nd floor. BBMC is in Inspiral Healing Arts, Suite 200, on the left as you come up the stairs.
Make yourself comfortable in the reception area. Have a cup of tea and relax. The restrooms are in the main hallway, as you entered the 2nd floor of the building.

Welcome! Once you have "landed" ... Feel peace, and prepare to receive your Massage & Cupping Therapy session. Your (cupping and massage) therapist, Nina Dropcho, will come out to greet you shortly and escort you to the massage office.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

How Cupping Works: Why it has SO many health benefits

by Nina Dropcho
Cupping therapy, or just “cupping”, is an ancient medicinal technique used to treat many different health conditions, and to promote health, in general. Cupping decompresses tissues and opens channels.

In Far Eastern cultures, medical practitioners use cupping to move stagnant qi. Qi is a holistic term for the body’s energies.  All energies of the body are interrelated and inseparable. If one of the body’s systems is compromised, then others will also be compromised. For example, reduced blood flow can produce tightness in muscles, or inhibit mental skills like alertness and memory.
Cupping, therefore, promotes balanced qi, affecting all of the body’s systems and functions.

Western qi.
To “break it down” in Western medicine terms…
Some of the main benefits of cupping include:
·        Improves circulation, delivering fresh oxygen and blood to the tissues.
·        Opens lymph vessels, boosting the flow of lymph and enhancing immune function
·        Raises metabolism, optimizes digestion, detoxifies
·        Promotes respiratory healing, invigorating the lungs
·        Stimulates nerve transmission by taking pressure off nerves
·        Replenishes connective tissue, easing restrictions and adhesions

Ultimately, cupping makes you feel ENERGIZED, but also relaxed, as your body finds balance and optimal conditioning!

Cupping application.
To decompress an area, cups are applied to the skin with suction. The suction draws a small amount of tissues up into the cup. The therapist will either leave the cups sitting on an area for a few minutes, or they will move them around. Each treatment is different, based on the client’s needs.

Leaving cups to sit on an area is called static, or Stationary Cupping, or Vacuum Therapy. Moving the cups around is called Dynamic Cupping. It is also called Gliding, Running, or Massage Cupping. The stationary style is often intense, applied for a specific effect, while the moving style is more diffuse and produces more generalized effects.
cupping for sore legs, runner calf soreness relief, IT Band soreness relief
Stationary Cupping: cups on a runner's sore leg, relief for calf, heel, IT Band

At Balanced Boulder Massage & Cupping, I call the gliding style “Massage Cupping”. It can be added to a massage or done as its own treatment. As its name implies, gliding the cups around can be very relaxing, or even sedating. The cups are moved in flowing, massage-like strokes.

Massage Cupping can have milder effects, so it might be used when a client is too sensitive for stationary cupping. If you have recently had an illness or a traumatic event, or you have finished an intense course of detoxification, then massage cupping might be more appropriate than stationary cupping.

Focus Cupping, V’Acupuncture.
Cups can also be placed or moved to focus on specific pathways, much like the way that
> Acupuncture stimulates meridians,
> Thai medicine empowers sen lines, or
> Reflexology arouses points along energy channels.

At Balanced Boulder Massage & Cupping, this style of cupping is called Focus Cupping, or “V’Acupuncture”. Some of these treatments include:
*Detox Cupping, *Cupping for Athletes: Cyclists, Runners, *Weight Loss & Toning Cupping, *Facial cup-lift and *Cupping for Musicians (see picture, below).
cupping relieves sore back shoulders, cupping therapy back shoulder relief
Cupping therapy to relieve a musician's upper back, shoulder soreness

A Focus/V’Acupuncture treatment is not like a massage. It may take as little as 20 minutes, or up to 60 minutes. Due to the focused intensity, it is not recommended that you receive multiple V’Acupuncture treatments in one session.

For a longer session, schedule yourself a “Balanced Blend” treatment with a combination of 1) V’Acupuncture and Massage Cupping OR 2) V’Acupuncture and regular Massage.

Call 970-948-0179
  to schedule your cupping treatment!