5 Things To Know About Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy can be done using glass, bamboo, earthenware, and silicone “cups” to create suction on areas of the body.  There are many benefits, such as helping with pain, increasing blood flow, inflammation, increased relaxation and well-being.  There are different types of cupping therapy, but currently, we use the dry method, a pump, and the stagnant method (cups are stationary on tissue).  Cupping works by stretching and muscle tissue and allowing toxins to move into the lymphatic system (our bodies filtering system).  The pressure created by the cups, which are usually left on for approximately 3-10 minutes, helps to release trigger points in muscles and increases healing.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions and to set up a cupping session.


1.       Is it painful? 

Clients that receive regular massages, particularly deep tissue/neuromuscular, tend to have a relatively pain free experience.  We will work within discomfort limits of all clients and most feel that the experience is comfortable.  Staying and arriving well hydrated will greatly increase comfort levels and recovery time. 


2.       What are the marks?

Technically the marks are bruises.  They range from faint to dark purple and usually last between one to two weeks.  Darker marks may be a sign that those areas have poorer circulation or that the tissue is more immobile or congested.  Please let us know if you plan on any beach trips or formals where you may be sporting more skin, as you may receive some strange looks from your marks. 


3.      Am I a candidate?

Cupping is generally considered safe for most healthy adults.  However, adults with certain blood disorders and cancer patients are not great candidates for this type of therapy.  If you are unsure about any particular condition that you have or if you have questions regarding your health, please refer to your doctor or healthcare provider before trying cupping or any alternative treatments.


4.      Where can cupping be done on the body?

Cupping can be done on most areas of the body, including the face (however, we do not provide facial cupping).  Practitioners are aiming to guide toxins toward lymph nodes and “dump” sites, such as your armpits, and will place cups in appropriate areas based on muscular need and area of the body for best guidance. 


5.      Can I work out after cupping therapy?

If your workout routine is consisting of hard and heavy routines, there are definitely a few things to consider.  It is best to wait approximately 24 hours after a hard workout and to not perform a very heavy routine for 24 hours after a session.  Does this mean no exercise?  Of course not.  Please feel free to enjoy a lighter workout and remain active, but keep in mind that just like with a deep tissue massage, your body needs time to recover.