What is Cupping Massage?
Massage Cupping is a Negative Pressure Massage and is a combination of massage movements and negative pressure with the use of a suction device on the skin. A cup is positioned at the area to be treated and, depending on the type of cups being used; a vacuum is created within the cup to draw the skin and underlying tissue into the cup.
The produced vacuum creates a suction effect that increases blood and lymphatic circulation systemically and to the local area, relaxes muscle tissue and support, draws stagnation, pathogenic factors and toxins out of the body and releases a myriad of pain causing factors.
The intended suction can range from light to heavy. This, along with the movements performed and areas treated by the therapist will produce stimulating (toning) or sedating (draining) effects.
Cupping massage applies negative pressure, rather than tissue compression for superior bodywork. Suction cups rapidly facilitate rigid soft tissue release, loosens & lifts connective tissue, breaks up and drains stagnation while increasing blood & lymph flow to skin & muscles in ways not possible using compression.
Another benefit of Negative Pressure Massage is that it really feels great. The pulling action engages the parasympathetic nervous system, thus allowing a deep relaxation to move through the entire body. It is not unusual to fall asleep when receiving this treatment. Clients are surprised at how relaxed, warm and light they feel – hours, sometimes even days afterwards.
Cupping or Suction Cup Therapy has been around for more than 5000 years – invented before acupuncture and originally Water Buffalo horns were used. This ancient method of alternative medicine is a time-honoured treatment that remains favoured by millions of people worldwide because it’s safe, comfortable and remarkably effective for most health disorders.
Cupping is a mild vacuum inside glass or plastic cup that is placed on the skin. The vacuum effect of the cups creates suction that softens tissues and increases the circulation of chi, blood, and fluids. By stimulating the skin and underlying muscles, it helps release stubborn knots and area-specific toxins that have accumulated and encourages circulation of both blood and lymph vessels.
Cupping has also been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins. Cupping, the technique, is very useful and very safe.
After your treatment, you will immediately feel the results. You will feel a lot looser and the muscular pain will be relieved quite considerably or eliminated completely. The feeling of sore, aching muscles will be replaced with a deep feeling of relaxation and well-being.