Cupping was developed thousands of years ago and though the techniques have modernized, the original philosophy remains the same.
This modality allows for a unique approach to fascia and the body.
Cupping involves placing plastic cups on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The underlying tissue is raised partway into the cup. It has the ability to affect deeper tissue, remove fascial restrictions and increase range of motion.
You usually will feel a tight sensation in the area of the cup. Often, this sensation is relaxing and soothing. Depending on your comfort and your practitioner’s assessment of the problem, cups may be moved around or left in place. They may remain on your body briefly or for longer amounts of time. Each treatment is unique to you on that particular day. One very common area to be cupped is the back, although cups work well on other areas, too.
Cupping causes the skin to temporarily discolor. The skin discoloration can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, but is not painful. Once the marks have cleared, the technique can be repeated until the problem is resolved.
There are a number of methods of cupping — the two most common are:
Stationary (aka static, parked, fixed cupping) – the cup is placed on the client and left in a single position.
Cupping Massage (aka gliding, sliding or moving cupping) – a lubricant is applied to the skin before applying the cup, the cup is then glided over the tissues.