Cupping Therapy | $10
Add on to any Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage
Cupping can be used almost anywhere on the body to boost circulation, enhance tissue flexibility, and move stagnant lymph fluids. Cupping is often described as the reverse of traditional massage. Instead of kneading into the skin, the cups act as a vacuum which suction muscles and skin upward. Great for improving mobility and relieving pain. Your massage therapist will incorporate a couple special massage cups to target one or two trouble spots during your regular massage.
What Is Cupping Therapy?
Cupping therapy has been around for thousands of years, but it has gained newfound popularity with professional athletes and celebrities sporting big red cupping marks all over their bodies. Different cupping methods have been developed throughout history, including the "dry" stationary cupping technique typically used by acupuncturists. In traditional Chinese medicine, glass cups are heated with fire and placed on the skin for 5-10 minutes to draw out "impurities", leaving behind dark red circles believed to be stagnation.
How Does Massage Cupping Work?
Most massage therapists practice "dynamic" cupping therapy, which combines traditional massage techniques along with the use of medical grade silicone cups that remain mostly in motion. These cups are used to apply a gentle suction and create negative pressure on the skin. The massage therapist then moves the cups with the use of massage oils in gliding motions, causing the layers of connective tissue beneath to lift and separate from each other. Muscles and fascia are pulled and stretched, as well as being massaged, bringing relief to compressed tissues up to four inches deep.
Benefits of Massage Cupping
Cupping can be used almost anywhere on the body to boost circulation, enhance tissue flexibility, and move stagnant lymph fluids. Cupping therapy stimulates blood flow, carrying essential nutrients to nourish and repair damaged tissue. This improved circulation leaves your skin and muscles feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Combined with gliding techniques, cupping massage can bring relief to compressed tissues, smoothing out knots and relieving stiffness to facilitate better movement and flexibility.
Communication is Key
It's important to communicate with your massage therapist during cupping therapy. Your massage therapist will ask for feedback and pay close attention to how your body and skin respond to the treatment to identify and relieve any adhesions discovered between layers of fascia. While you may feel some pressure or mild discomfort at times, it should not be painful. Some areas of your body may be more sensitive than others, and your massage therapist can make adjustments to maintain your comfort and keep you relaxed.
While cupping is generally considered safe for most healthy adults, it may not be appropriate for everyone. Because the cups create suction and pull on skin, this technique cannot be used on delicate or damaged skin. Certain medical conditions or medications can cause an increased risk of bruising, blistering, discomfort, and blood clots. It is important for you to fully complete your Health History form and keep your massage therapist up to date on your condition and any medications you may be taking.