A technique that uses specially designed glass suction cups to create a negative pressure, rather than tissue compression (used in traditional massage). The massage therapist places the cup(s) on the back of the client and uses a suction pump to create the negative pressure which then draws the tissue up inside the cup. The cups are then left in place for 5-15 minutes or they can be slowly moved around the area being treated.

The action of this technique is used to release rigid soft tissue, break up lactic acid in the muscles, drain excess fluids and toxins, loosen adhesions, lift connective tissue, and bring increased blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles. Some of the ways Cupping Therapy is used are for those with chronic deep muscle pains, injuries of all types, bad posture, digestive issues, fibromyalgia, asthma and pneumonia, cellulite, and chronic pain.

What are the discolorations left on the skin from Cupping Massage?

The most common and unfortunate misconception concerning Cupping Therapy is the discolorations left on the skin. The discoloration is created by the negative pressure bringing toxins and lactic acid to the surface of the tissue. These discolorations are NOT bruises. The discoloration usually lasts 2-6 days.

Brief History of Cupping Massage

One of the oldest and most globally practiced medical treatment in human history is Cupping Therapy. The indigenous tribes in Africa, Asia, Pacific Islands and Americans were among the first to use Cupping Therapy. The first form cups ever used were animal horns, usually American Bison or Water Buffalo. The horn was placed on the treatment site of the body and the air was sucked out of the opposite end of the horn. The resulting vacuum created drained toxins out of snakebites, infections and skin lesions, removing the blood, pus and poisons from the body.

Application of pressure is contraindicated directly over sites of acute, active and ongoing infection and inflammation. Recent unhealed fractures, acute gout, phlebitis, and unhealed wounds contraindicate massage.

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