// Results are similar to a Therapeutic Massage but with light to medium pressure
Cups are generally left in place for approximately 15-20 minutes per session. During this time, the therapist massages another area (such as your feet or legs) while cups are placed to further help you relax using light to medium pressure. Cup placement is decided by the therapist and the client’s ailments. Anywhere from 3 to 16 cups may be used during the treatment.
30 mins $55
45 mins $70
60 mins $85
90 mins $120
120 mins $160
- Old Chinese Proverb
Cupping therapy has been steadily gaining in popularity as a method to reduce pain and allow more effective deep tissue work while promoting blood flow and overall relaxation.
At the recent 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, there was significant interest in the round, bruise-like discolorations on the body of Michael Phelps and other athletes. These marks, in addition to unparalleled detoxification and circulation, are a result of an ancient form of Chinese medicine, cupping therapy.
This myofascial tissue massage promotes healing and provides relief from inflammation, strengthens the immune system and helps reduce cellulite.
Cupping uses vacuum suction to pull the skin, tissues and muscle below the cup up, improving circulation, relieving pain and pulling toxins out of the body. The cup is strategically placed on the client's body. The suction has the effect of pulling the skin and underlying tissues and muscle slightly up into the cup. This causes the blood vessels in the treated area to expand and some of the capillaries to burst, which reddens the skin thus looking like a bruise.
These cups are generally left in place for approximately 3 to 15 minutes per session depending on the goals of the client. Cup placement is decided by the therapist and the client’s ailments. Anywhere from three to sixteen cups may be used during the treatment
You may not have heard about cupping therapy until recently, but it has in fact been around for thousands of years.
The modern iteration of cupping theory is generally considered to have originated in China, where its use was first recorded between 281 – 341 A.D. But there are mentions of it in the Ebers Papyrus, an ancient medical “book” written in 1550 B.C. There are also records that indicate various forms of cupping therapy were used by ancient Greeks to treat various ailments.
No. Cupping therapy causes mild swelling and bruising on the skin so many people assume it must be painful. This shouldn't be the case however! The marks, or 'bruises' appear because the suction causes the blood vessels on the surface of the skin to expand. The resulting marks are unlike bruises caused by blunt trauma so they shouldn't hurt. The marks can last anywhere between a day and two weeks, but usually they last a couple of days.
You may feel a tight pulling sensation as the cups are applied, but again there shouldn't be any pain. If you are feeling pain, be sure to tell your therapist so they can adjust their technique. If your skin is broken or inflamed, the therapy should be avoided as this may cause pain.
They aren’t actually bruises because as we understand it, bruises hurt. The painless spots are just the stagnant blood being pulled to the surface of your skin. Most spots disappear within minutes as your body’s circulation flows it back into your circulatory system.
Cupping should not be used on patients who bleed easily or can’t stop bleeding, have skin ulcers or edema. It is also unwise to cup over large blood vessels. And pregnant women should use cupping with extreme caution and never on their abdomen or lower back.