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The suction from a Cupping Massage creates a kind of reverse massage, pulling the tissue up and creating space, instead of pushing down. Moving the cups around with the suction helps massage the tissue, gets the blood flowing, and it feels pretty amazing! Stagnant cupping, or leaving the cups in one spot for 5-8 minutes, creates a myofascial release, allowing the connective tissue around the muscle to relax, thus making the muscle work in the massage more effective.
Another benefit of cupping is that the suction will draw out stagnant blood from the muscle. This allows it to get into the space where the lymphatic system can more easily process it out of the body, which allows for faster healing and the removal of lactic acid and other toxins that build up from muscle metabolism.
Be aware that when there is poor blood flow from stagnation, the cups can leave a red or purple discoloration that looks like a bruise. It’s actually not painful like a bruise because there is no contusion that is causing actual tissue damage. As cupping treatment is continued over time, the color reaction will change as the tissue’s blood flow becomes healthier. Clients that receive regular cupping treatments may end up with no discoloration following their service. Cupping can help with muscle pain, tension, trauma, and injury – especially in the back and shoulders.
Cupping Aftercare: Be sure to drink lots of water after your cupping session. Ice can be used if there is some mild soreness afterwards. It is not recommended to receive cupping and massage on an area that still has cupping marks.
Add cupping to your massage for only $10!