Cupping is a form of massage therapy which decompresses soft tissues using vacuum suction, unlike other forms of massage that compresses soft tissues. During cupping, the cup gently sucks to your skin and lifts underlying soft tissue into the cup.
How does it feel?
Cupping is very relaxing and generally not painful. The sensation that is experienced is a pulling of the skin as the cup is moved in a rolling fashion. Redness or a feeling of warmth is usually experienced after the release of the cup due to increase blood flow to the area.
Who can benefit?
Almost anyone can benefit from cupping. It is used to treat lack of mobility, tight muscles, scars and many diagnoses like headaches, tendinitis, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia, and release of trigger points.
What to expect after treatment?
Mild soreness is to be expected from the buildup of lactic acid in the muscle tissue, but less soreness than a deep tissue massage. Bruises are to be expected and can last up to a week. Physical exertion and heat are not recommended after the treatment.
Cupping benefits are the following:
- Release scar tissue and fascial adhesions
- Reduce painful trigger points
- Improve circulation, blood and lymph circulation
- Relieve pain
- Promote mobility and range of motion
- Improves mature scars
- Decrease toxins
If you have experienced traumas such as strains, sprains, overload, etc., our therapists can help to provide non-opioid means of pain relief through cupping.