Cupping is a manual technique that involves placing suction cups on specific parts of the body, mostly the back, neck and legs. The suction from the cups works on the muscle tissue of the body and is often called, “deep tissue massage in reverse.” Cupping techniques have been around for hundreds of years in traditional societies and have quickly become popular in recent years as a method for professional athletes and Olympians to help relieve muscle pain and achieve peak performance.
Cupping is an excellent way to quickly relieve muscle tension and reduce pain in the neck, back, hamstrings and calves. Many people come to love the benefits of cupping and often request cupping as part of their acupuncture treatment or as a stand alone therapy.
Cupping helps reduce tension and pain in the affected area. Wherever cups are placed, the suction encourages blood and lymph to move to the surface of the muscle, encouraging blood flow in the entire area being treated. The suction from the cups will also release areas of the muscle that are tight, which helps the muscle relax.
No. Cupping feels like a sensation of light to moderate suction on the treated area. Most people find the experience of cupping to be an immediate feeling of tension release. For first time cuppers, the cups will be gently placed on specific areas and we will increase suction to your individual comfort level. The cups will be placed for 5-10 minutes. Removal of the cups takes a moment or two, a warm towel will be placed on the back and then a few minutes of light massage to help encourage circulation.
You may have circular marks left after treatment that last from 3-10 days. Rarely, the cupping marks last up to 3-4 weeks. The marks from the cups are a harmless side-effect of the treatment and are part of the therapeutic benefits of cupping. They are a sign that the cups are relieving stagnation in the area and most people wear their cupping marks with pride! If you watch the Olympics or other sports events you may see cupping marks on your favorite athletes.