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Cupping Therapy

What is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping Therapy is a technique that uses glass or plastic suction cups to create a negative pressure , rather than tissue compression (used in traditional massage). The massage therapist places the cup(s) on the back of the client and uses a suction pump to create the negative pressure which then draws the tissue up inside the cup. The cups are then left in place for 5-15 minutes or they can be slowly moved around the area being treated. The action of this technique is used to release rigid soft tissue, break up lactic acid in the muscles, drain excess fluids and toxins, loosed adhesions, lift connective tissue, and bring increased blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles.  Some of the ways Cupping Therapy is used are for those with chronic deep muscle pains, injuries of all types, bad posture, digestive issues, fibromyalgia , asthma and pneumonia, cellulite, and high blood pressure.

What are the discolorations left on the skin from Cupping Therapy?

The most common and unfortunate misconception concerning Cupping Therapy is the discolorations left on the skin. The discoloration is created by the negative pressure bringing stagnant blood and lactic acid to the surface of the tissue. These discolorations are NOT bruises. The discoloration usually lasts 5-10 days depending on how toxic your body is.

Brief History of Cupping Therapy

One of the oldest and most globally practiced medical treatment in human history is Cupping Therapy. The indigenous tribes in Africa, Asia, Pacific Islands and Americans were among the first to use Cupping Therapy. The first form cups ever used were animal horns, usually American Bison or Water Buffalo. The horn was placed on the treatment site of the body and the air was sucked out of the opposite end of the horn. The resulting vacuum created drained toxins out of snakebites, infections and skin lesions, removing the blood, pus and poisons from the body.

If you are used to getting deep tissue massages then Cupping Therapy is for you.  

Cupping Therapy Sessions are a combination of Deep Tissue techniques integrated with Cupping Therapy.  I often integrate cupping into my therapeutic massages.


All Cupping Therapy treatments are customized to your needs. If you are not sure which treatment you need, I am happy to give you a consultation to discuss your health concerns and needs.



Not ideal for individuals with the following conditions.

  • Skin allergies, ulcerated sores, scars or similar

  • Sever cramping or convulsions and/or high fever

  • Where muscle layer is thin and/or not level because of bony projections or angles

  • Sufferers who are prone to bleeding, such as purpura haemorrhagica, leukemia,hemophilia, capillary fragility test positive, and so on.

  • Trauma, fractures, varicose veins or the projection of vessel surface.

  • Face, eyes, ears, nose, mouth and two lower orifices should not be cupped.

  • Extreme weakness and thinness, skin without flexibility.

  • The mental disorders, the period of phrenoplegia, manic unrest and tetanus, rabies andother convulsive diseases.

  • Malignant tumors.

  • Severe edema, moderate or severe heart disease, heart failure, cirrhosis, ascites of theliver.

  • Active tuberculosis sufferers, in particular the abdomen of sufferers

  • People who are drunk, hungry, fed-upness, overtired.


What on-site chair massage can do for your business?

  • Reduce physical and mental stress
  • Maintain the strength and health of employees
  • Minimize work-related physical discomfort
  • Provide a tax deductible benefit option.
  • Enhance your wellness program
  • Increase productivity
  • Lower health care cost
  • Improve employee morale
  • Shows staff that the company cares

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