Add Cupping to Your Massage to Reduce Pain and Tension
Book your next massage with cupping for a deep release of tension and knots.
What is Cupping?
Cupping is the practice of using suction cups on the skin to relieve tension and increase circulation. Cups can be placed statically or glided across the skin with oil. It works by affecting the fascia. Underneath your skin throughout your body is a layer of connective tissue called fascia that surrounds your muscles. Adhesions or knots can form in the fascia and impact the range of motion of joints and tension in muscles. The suction from the cups lifts the fascia, causing a fascial stretch while drawing stagnant fluids toward the surface of the skin and allowing fresh nutrient-rich blood to nourish the area.
Does it Hurt?
Cupping can be uncomfortable when you have tension and knots. Your therapist will repeatedly check-in and offer modifications where needed such as lowering the amount of suction or keeping the cups static instead of moving them to minimize your discomfort.
The dark spots that are on the skin after the treatment are not bruises (even though they look similar). The darker the spots, the more stagnation was present in that area. You shouldn’t feel pain in these areas after treatment, and the marks resolve within about 3 weeks. Some spots may be light pink indicating less stagnation and clear away within a couple of hours or days.
Should I Try Cupping?
You can add cupping as a part of your massage therapy treatment if your registered massage therapist is trained in it. This is especially beneficial for chronically tense and tight areas of the body.
The main benefits include:
- Reducing pain
- Improving circulation
- Releasing scar tissue
- Releasing adhesions/knots in the fascia
- Improving range of motion
- Reducing inflammation
However, you would not want to use cupping where the skin is fragile or damaged from lesions, open wounds, burns, or dermatitis.
Ask your Registered Massage Therapist if cupping would be a good fit for you!
At Integrative Physiotherapy, our Registered Massage Therapist is happy to add this treatment for you free of additional charge. Our therapists would be happy to help you to achieve your goals, Contact Us to schedule your appointment. Don’t let pain ruin your day!
By: Samantha Lahonen. RMT Registered Massage Therapist. Certified Yoga & Exercise Instructor
References: Registered Massage Therapist Association of Ontario