Manual therapy movements using glass, silicone or polycarbonate vacuum cups create space in the fascia to encourage full range of movement, soften scar tissue to ease restrictions in lymph and blood flow and encourage drainage of fluids and debris.

5 Min Of Cupping = 30 Min Of Deep Tissue Massage



10 Surprising Benefits of Cupping

  • CUPPING helps promote blood circulation
  • CUPPING encourages tissues to release toxins
  • CUPPING may help reduce anxiety and stress
  • CUPPING may help improve quality of sleep
  • CUPPING may improve appearance of cellulite & stretch marks
  • CUPPING may help release adhesions & soften scars
  • CUPPING can help clear congestion
  • CUPPING can help boost healthy immune response
  • CUPPING can help clear colon blockage and aid digestion
  • CUPPING helps relieve common muscle & joint pain

Cupping and SCAR tissue:

Immediately following foot surgery (above) and after cupping treatments (below). Note how well the scar healed after 10 cupping treatments.  Photos courtesy of Mike Krizek.

Scar tissue: Scar tissue is another condition that creates restriction and traps congestion while limiting blood and lymph flow, along with affecting movement. There are many types of scar tissue, and knowledge of them is the key to successful treatment. Overstimulation of hypertrophic scar tissue can result in more tissue formation, while gentle work can result in significant changes in appearance and flexibility.

Use a large cup first to visually identify any adhesions that may attach deep into the tissue and bony structures. Then loosen the adhesions with gentle pumping and rolling rotations with the cup. Use a smaller cup that fits the size of the scar and begin with pumping movements to soften rigid tissue.

Once congested lymph and old blood is softened and liquefied, it can be drained through the newly created space around the scar and toward the appropriate pre-cleared nodes.

The positive effects with Cupping:

Deep Tissue Massage – Myofascial Release – Lymphatic Drainage – Orthopedic Conditions – Neuromuscular Dysfunctions – Sports Massage and Injuries – Stubborn Conditions – Fybromyalgia – Trigger Point Therapy – Traumatic Injuries – Chronic Conditions – Abdominals – Reflexology – Physical Therapy – Detoxification – Cellulite – Scars – Stretch Marks and Varicosities – Facial Treatments – TMJD’s – Sports Medicine – General Relaxation and Wellness.

What does cupping treat?

People mostly use cupping to relieve conditions that cause pain. Some people say it also helps with chronic (ongoing) health issues. Cupping may ease symptoms of:

  • Arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Back pain, neck pain, knee pain and shoulder pain.
  • Breathing problems, such as asthma.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel disease (IBD).
  • Headaches and migraines.
  • High blood pressure (hypertension).


Cupping is an ancient Chinese Medicine Therapy (CMT) that helps stimulate the chi (qi) and remove stagnation. Qi refers to the flow of energy moving through the world, and our bodies. The disruption of the qi can result in imbalances or blockages in our bodies.

When cupping is applied to massage, the massage therapist moves them upwards, downwards and across to dispel toxins. Lots of sportsmen enjoy cupping massage because it’s especially good for removing lactic acid from muscles so helps recovery and the lymphatic system to work to its optimum.

What is a cupping massage?

Cupping massage involve placing warm cups, generally glass ones, on top of the skin. A vacuum is made when the air inside the cup becomes warm, so when the cup is placed on the skin, it gets drawn up.

This loosens the connective tissue and improves blood flow. As a result, a cupping massage helps stimulate healing. It works similarly as a deep tissue treatment which helps scar tissue break up to reduce pain.

The cups are generally placed on a person’s shoulders, neck, back, or any other area of pain. The massage may result in temporary soreness and bruising. According to traditional Chinese medicine, this is actually a positive outcome since it suggests that the massage has been successful in removing toxins.

At the end of the massage, one edge of the cups is lifted to remove them. This lets the air in, breaking the vacuum and seal.

Does cupping really help?

Cupping is so good at improving circulation that it can actually reduce the look of cellulite. It will not make it go away completely, but it can definitely minimize the look of it. Also, the deep myofascial release will help to unstick your muscles from each other.

What conditions can a cupping massage help treat?

Traditionally, cupping helps treat various lung disorders, such as bronchial congestion, asthma, and cough. It’s also often used for pain, digestive complaints, and paralysis.

The type of cupping massage that is performed depends on the issue, as well as the acupuncturist’s treatment goals. The therapy also involved different kinds of cups. These days mostly glass cups are utilized. However, a couple thousands of years ago, cups made of clay, animal horns, or bamboo were used for the treatment.

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When NOT To Cup!

 Author: Michelle Roos, LMT and Paul Kohlmeier, BPE, RMT, R.Ac.

As more and more people discover the benefits of Cupping Therapy for themselves as well as their patients, a lot of questions come up as to when you can – and more importantly cannot – treat with either Silicone or Vacuum Cups.  Please see the following guidelines for when NOT to cup!

Just say no when:

  • Cupping on or over varicose veins
  • Cupping over skin lesions or inflammation
  • Cupping over orifices, or eyes
  • The patient has cancer
  • The patient has organ failure – Renal, hepatic or cardiac
  • The patients has a pacemaker
  • The patient has hemophilia or similar bleeding disorder

Proceed with caution when treating a patient with the following – these are not absolute contraindications, but must be reviewed carefully before proceeding:

  • Please be cautious with cupping over arteries, veins and nerves.
  • Patients with acute infections
  • Patients using anticoagulants – aspirin, warfarin, etc
  • Patients with severe chronic disease (like heart disease)
  • Patients that are pregnant, during puerperium or menstruating
  • Patients who are anemic
  • Patients who have recently given blood or undergone medical procedure
  • Patients who do not consent

If you have any questions about a condition or situation and are unsure as to whether it is safe to proceed with Cupping Therapy, please feel free to email us at and we would be happy to help!

Who shouldn’t get cupping?

Because researchers know little about cupping’s effects on pregnancy, moms-to-be shouldn’t get the therapy. You should also forego cupping if you have:

  • Bleeding disorders like hemophilia.
  • Blood clotting problems, such as deep vein thrombosis or history of strokes.
  • Skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis.
  • Seizures (epilepsy).
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