What is Cupping Massage?
Cupping therapy is an ancient technique that has numerous benefits. For my practice, the primary purpose of incorporating cupping with massage is to help relieve tension and increase circulation. There are several different techniques for cupping, and the primary style used by massage therapists is dry cupping. Dry cupping is traditionally practiced by the use of fire cups. However, there are several different modern options such as silicone cups which do not require fire. If using fire cups, the therapist will light a fire stick or a large cotton ball that has been soaked in alcohol. This fire is then circled in the glass cup to help eliminate air and create the suction needed to have the cup stick to the skin. The upward pull on the skin is what provides the relief to the muscles and promotes better circulation. This is often referred to as negative pressure meaning the pressure is caused by the skin being pulled up rather than positive pressure which is traditionally done in massage by applying pressure to the skin. Once an appropriate amount of time has passed, the therapist will remove the cups by gently pressing their finger under the side to release the suction. In areas where there is a lot of tension, it is common for a dark red or purple circle to remain on the skin. Sometimes these marks will disappear immediately after the practice, while others can last up to around 7 days.
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