Most massage techniques use compression forces to tease apart muscle fibers and milk waste products out of muscles. Instead, Massage Cupping uses a Pulling technique, also referred to as “negative pressure” or “decompression”. It is VERY different from typical Massage.
By creating suction, massage cupping is used to drain excess fluids; bring fresh blood flow to stagnant tissues; loosen scars, adhesions and stubborn knots. Massage Cupping is a modified version of “cupping therapy”, which has been used in Chinese medicine for several thousand years. Rather than working with the Chinese Energy system, we are using the cups to affect the muscles, fascia and lymph beds.
Once the cup is placed on the skin, your therapist will use a mixture of three procedures to achieve the desired change in your tissue.
- The cup can be left in place, and you will lie still for a few seconds to a few minutes, melting knots below.
- Placement of multiple cups can be accented by your movements to stretch and pull muscle tissues across the body, releasing lines of deep tension.
- Oil or lotion can be applied, allowing the cup to be pulled in a gliding movement over the skin, stimulating circulation and detoxification.
The sensation of cupping is often characterized as gentle pulling, bringing deep warmth or refreshing tingling, sometimes long after the treatment has ended. A full treatment varies from invigorating to sedating allowing clients a profound state of relaxation that is all its own.
CAUTION: While we do our best to be gentle, Massage Cupping may leave marks that can last from a few days to two weeks. So don’t try this just before your big photo shoot!