By Barb Frisk, R.N.
Massage cupping has its’ origins in ancient Chinese Medicine. The tools are similar plastic or glass cups of various sizes and a “gun” or “bulb” to apply suction. However the techniques are different. In Massage Cupping, massage oil is placed on the area of treatment. The cup is applied using suction. This suction while noticeable isn’t painful. The cups can be moved mimicking massage movements, placed and released or left in place for several minutes. The effects of the suction can reach a depth of 4 inches. This helps to bring circulation to the area, helps separate compressed tissues, move fluids and soften tense muscles. This results in the therapist working deeper without the discomfort of deep tissue work.
In April 2012 I took the 22 hour Level 1 course in massage cupping. I am now incorporating it into my traditional massage when I encounter resistant tight areas. Clients seem to enjoy it and find massage cupping helpful. Best of all I don’t charge extra for it!
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