The cups are placed on a selected area of your body and left in place without being moved for 5 to 10 minutes while another area of the body is treated. For example, cups could be placed on the back to provide relief from pain or tension there while the calf muscles receive massage therapy to assist with a shortened soleus muscle. This allows two areas of the body to receive the benefits of massage therapy and cupping at the same time. Allowing the cups to rest in one place gives time for the blood, tissues and muscles to rise to the surface, releasing them by a lifting pressure (from the suction of the cup) as opposed to a pushing pressure. The sensation at first may feel like the skin has been pulled taut, and then slowly a fascial release is achieved and the tissue tensions dissipate.
As the name implies, in this method the therapist applies massage oil or lotion on the skin in selected places, places the cups over the areas to be treated and then slides them around that region of the body.
These specialized cups draw the superficial layers of muscles and skin into the cup. Using a mild suction the cup is used in a gliding motion across the body, resembling a massage. This lifting technique provides similar effects to a deep tissue massage without the discomfort that can result from deeper work.
Cupping Therapy can be very relaxing and help to reduce pain, soreness and muscular restrictions, scars and adhesions, to decrease swelling, increase range of motion and help with chest/lung congestion. Each treatment is unique to you on that particular day.
Have any more questions about cupping therapy? Please contact Carolyn Cormier RMT at 613-634-2378.