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Cupping Therapy 

What Is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping therapy is a well-recognized traditional ancient form of alternative medicine in Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. 

The practitioner puts specific cups on the skin area for a few minutes to create suction that lifts the soft tissue and creates an upward stretch within the muscle and fascia.

People get it for many reasons, including
Deep-tissue Massage
Decrease Pain & Inflammation in the body 
Increase Range of Motion ( Joints & Muscles )
Helps with Musculoskeletal Pain 
(Chronic Back & Neck Pain along with Fibromyalgia) 
Activating the lymphatic system to drain excess fluids and stagnation
Muscle Cell Repair by Improving Microcirculation
Promote the healing process via increased local tissue metabolism

Helps Decrease Adhesions, Scar Tissue & Fascial Restrictions 


Types of Cupping? 

Who Is Suitable for Cupping?

Stationary cupping

Apply the cup to the tissue, You will feel a slightly tight sensation and a suction around the cupped area. The cups are usually left on the body for few minutes 


Gliding cupping


Oil is applied onto the tissue and the cups are pushed gently along the body for a few minutes. 

* This technique can cover a larger area.

Those Cupping Marks?
When Will the Marks Go Away?

Cupping leaves various size circular marks on the areas where the cups were applied and it is usually painless. 

These harmless marks will slowly fade before disappearing completely.

Depending on the skin’s regenerative ability. After regular cupping treatments, you will find that the marks will visibly become lighter and lighter.

  • Light pink: Fade within minutes to few hour.

  • Dark red:  Fade between 3 days to a 1 week

( 2-3 weeks if it is an older injury)

Cupping is suitable for MOST patients 


EXCEPT, those who are physically weak and have certain conditions such as:

  • Inflamed or sensitive skin

  • Avoid Varicose Veins

  • Contusions (cuts, scabs )

  • High fever 

  • Bleed easily (on blood thinners such as warfarin)

  • Pregnant women (stomach, lower back, and specific points must be avoided)

Where will my practitioner place the cups?

*If you’re receiving facial or cosmetic cupping, cups will be placed on your face.

Other places cups will be placed are:

  • Back 

  • Chest

  • Abdomen

  • Arms

  • Hip/Glutes 

  • Legs

  • Feet

  • Face


*If you do not wish to have marks on certain areas,

Please let your practitioner know before treatment.*

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