Instead of exerting pressure on different points of the body as is standard in typical massage therapy, cupping massage works on the inverse, pulling the skin, tissues and muscles upward using suction.

What is Cupping Massage?

Traditionally used by cultures all over the world, cupping massage therapy has been known to have a variety of benefits. These often include treating headaches, back pain and stress. In this method of massage therapy, a massage therapist places cups, often made of silicone or glass, on your back for a few minutes to create suction. They can also be swept across the skin with lotion or oil.

The therapist leaves the cups in place for a few minutes, as muscles are loosened. The color of your skin is a good indicator of what areas of your body need more or less tension. In some areas, cups will be left for longer periods of time. Or, the cups can be moved across the skin in sweeping motions before being removed.

With the suction of the cups, the pressure helps to increase blood flow throughout the body. In turn, this relieves muscle tension, improves circulation and reduces inflammation. As the skin is brought up, it stimulates the body to heal itself.

Some benefits of cupping massage therapy are:

  • Local pain relief
  • Alleviate inflammation
  • Easing tightened muscles and loosening knots
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Lifting the connecting tissues
  • Releasing excess fluids and toxins

Cupping massage is an effective form of massage therapy as it allows the therapist to affect the deep tissues in the body without causing pain or stress.

Types of Cupping:

There are many different methods of cupping that can be performed by a certified medical massage therapist. They vary in treatment methods and results.

cupping massageDry: During dry cupping, the therapist applies cups to the back with the use of a pump, and they are removed through suction. Areas of the skin that are inflamed or painful will benefit from dry cupping.

Moving: This type of cupping therapy uses oil or lotion. The therapist applies the oils or lotion to your skin, and then the cup is placed on the skin. The cup can then be moved around in sliding or circular movements to raise the skin and tissue.

Wet: During wet cupping, before the cups are applied to the body, the therapist first makes small cuts on the skin’s surface. The cups are applied to the skin over these scratches using suction, and the pressure of the suction draws blood to the surface.

Cupping Therapy in Reno

Cupping massage can help improve overall health by helping stiff muscles, stress, headaches or migraines, exhaustion, and back or neck pain. This type of massage is often paired with other types of therapeutic methods, such as acupuncture. If you are interested in learning more about the health benefits of cupping massage, or would like to speak to a certified massage therapist about receiving cupping therapy, speak to Patrick Hicks today!

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2 comments on “Cupping Therapy: A Complete Guide to Cupping Massage

  • I’m interested in cupping therapy with massage. How does a session go? Is cupping mixed in a massage session? Times of each? What is the benefit of wet be dry cupping?

  • I mix it in with massage or it can be used alone. Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

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