Cupping can be incorporated into any massage session. Adapted from the ancient practice of Chinese cupping therapy, Massage Cupping uses suction and negative pressure to release tight muscles, tone attachments, loosen adhesion and lift connective tissue, hydrate tissues and drain excess fluids and waste products by opening the lymphatic pathways. The therapist positions the cups over the area to be treated and creates suction using either a vacuum gun or bulb. The cups are then either repeatedly released and re-suctioned, moved over the tissue or left in place for up to 3 minutes
The suction level can range from light to heavy. As with any massage modality, the treatment may range from very pleasant to uncomfortable, especially in areas of physiologic dysfunction. However, the treatment should never be painful. If, at any time, the treatment produces discomfort that exceeds your personal comfort level, please communicate that with your therapist immediately and they will adjust the treatment accordingly. Notify your therapist if you are pregnant, diabetic or on blood thinners, if you have varicose veins or have any medical implants.