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Cupping Therapy at Bright STAR Physical Therapy

Masha Katz, Cupping Certification
Masha Katz, Cupping Certification

Want to try cupping therapy?  Bright STAR is certified to perform cupping therapy treatments.  Read on to learn about other famous people using cupping and how it can benefit you.

Celebrity cupping enthusiasts are growing in numbers
It was about 10 years ago when cupping first appeared —  For example, Actress Gwyneth Paltrow showed up on the red carpet “unusual” round cupping marks on her back. She received a lot of press and later explained to Oprah, “It feels amazing and it’s very relaxing.”   She is not alone among actors who are devoted the ancient healing technique. Last April, Jennifer Aniston arrived at her latest premiere, “Call Me Crazy” revealing cupping circles.   Others known for using cupping therapy are Jessica Simpson, Lady Gaga and Victoria Beckham. All have also spoken out about using cupping for various physical complaints as well as for relaxation.

Athletes’ secret weapon is cupping
Tennis star Andy Murray said he uses cupping in conjunction with other treatments to relieve stiffness and to help address back injury.   The Wall Street Journal reported on the multitude of Mets players using cupping.   Met’s player, Daisuke Matsuzaka was quoted in WSJ saying, “As an athlete, I want to play as long as possible, in order to do that, I need to find ways to protect my body. I’m always looking for something that might be better.”

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cupping therapy,therapist removes cups from the patient’s back

Famous swimmers, gymnasts & other athletes use cupping therapy to improve their performance.   For athletes who aren’t hurt, the increased blood flow from cupping helps repair muscle fibers after a tough workout.

But cupping is not just for movie stars and athletes … cupping is highly beneficial for everyone.

Cupping provides benefits for many conditions
It can help remove toxins from the body, stimulates the flow of fresh blood & anti-bodies to the affected area and throughout the body. It’s known for helping the flu, coughs, joint pain, lower back and muscle pain, plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia, poor circulation, red itchy skin conditions and indirectly helps with allergies, fevers, aches and myriad other pains.

In addition to Traditional Chinese Medicine, variations of cupping were also used by Egyptians, North American Indians & Greeks.

At Bright STAR Physical Therapy, our staff can perform Cupping Therapy to help heal injuries, decrease recovery time & relieve pain. We have 2 locations in the San Fernando Valley — Woodland Hills, CA & Valley Village / North Hollywood, CA. Call our office today for a free consultation (818)343-3900. You can also visit our website at

Congratulations to Emily on her recent “Burn Scar Massage” Certification

Continuing education & certification keeps our staff skilled at the most current methods of physical therapy

Emily Radonich, Physical Therapist
Emily Radonich

“By taking a burn scar massage class National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworki got the opportunity to; learn to identify varying degrees of burns and the body systems they affect, learn various psychological and emotional issues faced by burn survivors that can potentially lead to an ’emotional release’ during massage, learn the positive indications as well as the negative contraindications posed by massaging burn survivors, learn the proper burn scar massage protocol to treat the various degrees of burns in the different stages of recovery.”

Massage therapy can help a variety of health conditions, ranging from stress to fibromyalgia. Medical research reinforces how massage can help those who are dealing with burn scars.

Massage Therapy to Reduce Burn Scars

A study published in the journal Burns shows that participants who received massage showed a great decrease in scar thickness, melanin, erythema as well as skin elasticity. Burn rehabilitation massage therapy is effective in improving pain, itching and scar characteristics in scars left after a burn.

Emily Radonich Sports Training Massage
Emily Radonich

Certified in sports training massage, Emily is also a skilled sports physical therapist.

In Valley Village / North Hollywood, CA & Woodland Hills, CA, contact BrightSTAR Physical Therapy at 818-343-3900.  We are conveniently located near the 101 & 170 freeways, respectively, and have patients visit from all over the valley — not just Woodland Hills & Valley Village — including North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Studio City, Encino, Woodland Hills, West Hills, Canoga Park & Calabasas.

Congratulations to Masha Katz on recent C2 Certification (Advanced Schroth)

Masha Katz of Bright STAR & Amy Sbihli, C2 Certification Instructor.
Amy Sbihli & Masha Katz

Congratulations to Masha Katz on her recent C2 Certification in Advanced Schroth Method.    Masha Katz is now a C2 Advanced Schroth Certified Scoliosis Therapist (BSPTS).   At right, Masha (holding Certificate) with instructor, Amy Sbihli, BSPTS Instructor.


BSBPT LogoThe BSPTS program teaches 3-D scoliosis treatment according to the principles of Katherina and Christa Lehnert Schroth that began in Germany in the 1920’s. The Institute Elena Salvá in Barcelona offered Schroth courses for physical therapists from 1989 to 2008. The principles have been further developed by Dr. Manuel Rigo and the staff of the Institute of Elena Salvá and are now offered in courses through BSPTS.

The treatment is based on sensory-motor and kinesthetic principles. Goals of treatment are to facilitate correction of the altered posture, and teach the patient to maintain the corrected posture in daily living activities in order to minimize scoliosis progression and further spinal deformity. In this course, therapists are trained to treat patients on a 1:1 basis. With experience and additional training, therapists may advance to treating in groups or intensive programs.

More on the Schroth Method
The Schroth Method is a leading conservative physical therapy approach for scoliosis. It utilizes three-dimensional curve-specific exercises that can have the following benefits:

  • Improved cosmesis
  • Pain management
  • Correct breathing mechanics
  • Reduced progression risk
  • Strengthen asymmetrically
  • Reduced angle of rotation
  • Improved postural awareness and body mechanics
  • Elevated self-image and quality of life

This exercise approach helps educate and motivate with an overall goal of improving quality of life.

Masha Katz is highly experienced in traditional physical therapy techniques and have specialized expertise in a variety of areas including Postural Restoration, Manual Therapy, Counterstrain, Schroth based Scoliosis Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Personal Training and more.

In Valley Village / North Hollywood, CA & Woodland Hills, CA, contact BrightSTAR PT, certified in Schroth Treatment at 818-343-3900 to learn more about the Schroth Method of Physical Therapy.  We are conveniently located near the 101 & 170 freeways, respectively, and have patients visit from all over the valley — not just Woodland Hills & Valley Village — including North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Studio City, Encino, Woodland Hills, West Hills, Canoga Park & Calabasas.