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Massage Cupping


            Cupping is the oldest and most worldwide practiced medical treatment in human history. Suction therapy was used by various native tribes in Asia, Africa, Pacific Islands and the Americas. By placing a glass or a plastic cup onto the skin, the therapist creates a vacuum in the cup which draws the skin, muscle, and fascia up into the cup.

          In Western medicine, Cupping is used as a direct clinical application. The therapist notes an area of restriction and applies the suction directly onto it to affect change. Used in combination with other massage treatments, Cupping is a useful tool to add into the treatment mix as it provides a different sensation and effectiveness, and thereby improving the overall results.

          Suction cups provide a negative pressure on the skin, muscles, and fascia. This is in contrast to the positive pressure of the deep tissue massage, and can be a very relaxing and soothing experience.

  • In our practice we use plastic cups and silicone cups.
  • We recommended 60 mins for one focus area and 90 mins for two. 


Benefits of Massage Cupping


  • Promotes blood circulation and speeds up muscle recovery, loosen scar tissue, and break up dense tissue
  • Treatment of many types of muscle tensions, including common ailments such as neck pain, shoulder pain, tight trapezius, lower back pain, spinal congestion, and plantar fasciitis
  • Effective against general illness, depression, headaches, anxiety
  • Reduce chronic and stubborn joint conditions
  • Drain toxins by opening lymphatic pathways, helps you feel better all over   


Preparation : Do not eat at least one hour before the massage if possible. It is best to shower before the massage.



          Cupping is not recommended for people with broken bones, dislocation, hernias, slipped discs, organ failure, liver or kidney disorder, risk of heart attack or stroke, undergoing cancer, systemic cancers, cardiopathy, or therapies. We also will not provide cupping if you are currently dealing with an infection.

Post treatment

          Avoid exposure to cold, wet and/or windy weather conditions, hot showers, bath, saunas, hot tubs, and aggressive exercise for 4-6 hours. Understand that exposure to such extremes can produce undesirable effects.

          Avoid the consumption of caffeine, alcohol, sugary foods and drinks, dairy products and processed meat. Drink plenty of clean water.

 >>These Discolorations are not a Bruises. <<

          Bruises are caused by impact trauma; capillary breakage with a reactionary rush of fluid to the injured location caused by the tissue’s compression. There is no compression in correctly employed suction Cupping therapy.

          The discolorations will dissipate anywhere between a few hours to 2 weeks, depending on amount of stagnation moved.


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