There are various types of cups used for cupping massage including, bamboo, glass, silicone and plastic. In all types the goal is to create a vacuum in the cup, which draws the layers of skin and fascia up and creates separation among them. The negative pressure of the cup also draws new blood to the area which can remove stagnation between the newly separated layers of tissue.
What to Expect
hen incorporating cupping massage into treatment I use plastic cups with a pump to draw air out and create the vacuum. Before the cups are applied I typically warm up the tissue using massage gel or lotion and General Swedish Massage techniques, however the cups can be applied directly onto the skin without a lubricant. Depending on our goals the cups may remain in one place while I treat the surrounding area (stationary cupping), or I may glide the cups around the area (cupping massage). Once the cups are applied they can be left on for various amounts of time depending on client goals, comfort, and tissue health, but 15 minutes is generally how long I apply them for. It is quite common for the client to experience a “tightness” or “pulling” of the tissue upward as well as a strong sense of warmth in the areas treated due to the increased blood flow and separated layers of tissue. The use of cupping massage should be relaxing and not painful so if you do feel discomfort it is important let me know and we can adjust the suction or discontinue the use of the cups.
If it is your first time trying cupping massage I will typically only use a few cups so that we can gage you’re reaction and determine if you like the treatment. If you find it to be beneficial more cups may be applied in subsequent treatments.