Cupping therapy is an ancient form of Chinese medicine using special cups for suction on the tissue. Benefits include help with pain, inflammation, circulation, and relaxation. It is a very effective adjunct treatment to use with massage for the release of hypertonic and inflamed muscles and soft tissue.
Silicone cups are placed on the areas of concern, and air is suctioned out of the cup to create a vacuum. Continuous pressure is placed on the connective fibers, and the blood is drawn to the surface of the skin. This helps to release trigger points (knots), and signals the body to send white blood cells to the area for healing.
Clients may feel like their skin is being pinched, but this sensation tends to disappear after a couple of minutes. The cups are left in place for about 10 - 15 minutes. Once removed, there is often a red or purplish mark left. This usually goes away in about a week.
Cupping is done in conjunction with massage, because the combination creates the most beneficial results. Cups can be placed on one area of the body while a different area can be massaged.