Cupping massage is a modified version of “cupping therapy,” which has been used extensively in Chinese medicine for several thousand years.
By creating suction and negative pressure, cupping massage is used to drain excess fluids and toxins; stimulate the peripheral nervous system; bring blood flow to stagnant muscles and skin; and loosen adhesions, connective tissue and stubborn knots in soft tissue. It is therefore a very effective technique for detoxing the body.
Cupping Massage is also effective in treating cellulite. A light suction provides drainage, while heavier application can be used to stimulate circulation and loosen adhesions or “dimpling.” The skin will redden, indicating that circulation has been brought to the surface. The increased local blood supply will nourish the muscles and skin and allow toxins to be carried away.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of this technique is the subtle nuance of the movements. Creativity provides a variety of methods, and alteration of pressure and speed produces different sensations. For example, vigorous circles feel marvelous on the hips, thighs and shoulders. Long strokes down the sides of the spine and along the ribs provide ease to rib cage expansion and breathing.