About Our Therapist
Ryan Phipps has lived in the high country all his life and graduated from the Asheville Center for Massage and Natural Health in 2010, and pursued a functional approach to bodywork. He was mentored by Eli Peltz of the Alchemy Center for Healing Therapies, where he gained invaluable training in Myofascial Release and Manual Therapy techniques, and continues his education towards functional and orthopedic massage. Ryan joined the team at Marathon Chiropractic Clinic in 2017 and has greatly enjoyed working with the wonderful community of health conscious people. With a focus in Myofascial Release, trigger point therapy and stretches he works with structure, function, range of motion and acute and chronic injuries.
In his free time Ryan likes to backpack, hike with his dog Charlie, play the acoustic guitar, draw and work with clay.
Information for Cupping Therapy Services:
Cupping, or Myofascial Decompression, is a therapy that has been around for many hundreds of years, and has been used across the world. It is most notably employed in Traditional Chinese Medicine, but has also been implemented from Egypt to ancient Greece, and by a number of other civilizations for various purposes. Cupping is a form of deep tissue massage that instead of using deep pressure to the tissue, utilizes a negative pressure or vacuum to decompress muscles and the surrounding fascia, and to increase blood flow to affected areas. This can be used to break up adhesions, or “muscle knots,” and to stretch the fibers of muscles, thus freeing up range of motion and alleviating pain from tight muscles. One of the hallmark effects of cupping is the circular marks left on the treated area. Some may remember seeing these marks on swimmer Michael Phelps during his domineering performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Technically these marks are bruises, as blood has been pulled to the surface of the skin, however in most cases these bruises are painless to the touch. These marks can also be avoided by moving the cups across the tissue instead of being left in one area, which also feels great! This type of Myofascial work can also be used to break up scar tissue, so it’s just as good for post surgery/injury clients as it is for athletes or anyone who is just up for an interesting yet very effective treatment.