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Cupping and its Beneficial Role in Massage Therapy Sessions

Updated: Feb 5

Key Benefits include:

  • An increase in circulation to the muscle, fascia and skin, which increases oxygenation and nutrient levels within the soft tissue.

  • Increases the removal of chemical irritants within muscle and fascia and the removal of stagnant blood.

  • Causes micro-trauma which leads to sterile inflammation and a renewed healing process

  • Produces a stretch reflex in fascia and connective tissue, which increases mobility if cupped at the joint

  • Aids in the management of pain as cupping therapy reduces muscular tension and nerve compression

The theory behind cupping:

Science has confirmed that the blood capillaries beneath the cups will dilate (allowing for more oxygen and nutrients to enter the area), but this technique has been practiced by the Egyptians and Macedonians around 5500 years ago because of it's spiritual impact. The cupping method stimulates the promotion and free flow of Qi and blood in the meridians. It is thought that congestion or stagnation of Qi can manifest as soreness or pain in the body, so eliminating that stagnation will ease pain in a deeper layer of muscle tissue.

What to expect:

During a cupping session, I will place round cups directly on your skin.  The cup is squeezed to create the vacuum effect.  The cups will then be left on your skin or moved along the skin in a sliding technique for several minutes. During this time you may feel pressure, warmth, or even a burning sensation - but it should not be painful.  

There may or may not be marks left after the service known as petechaie. 

After care:

It is important to keep the treated areas covered, warm and dry for the next 2 days.  Drink plenty of fluids and allow your body to rest for 24 hours.

Cupping is a traditional therapy that can be added into any massage service, but below are my two favorites.

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