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Cupping Massage Therapy

Cupping is a form of ancient alternative medicine in which your massage therapist places special cups on your back and neck (or any other area being treated) to create suction. You may have seen the results of this treatment on some professional athletes, as it is a popular recovery therapy. 

This type of therapy also acts as another form of deep tissue massage. We urge people to try it at least once! We also offer this service at no extra charge! 


Benefits of Cupping

A cupping massage can help with:

  • Relieves pain and tension

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Improves blood flow

  • Relaxes the body

  • Relieves tension headaches

  • Helps with sports & other physical recovery

  • Breaks up scar tissue 

Practitioner adding fire to warm the cups and adhere them to a woman's back.

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The resulting temporary bruises from cupping massage therapy

Does Cupping Massage Hurt or Leave Marks?

After receiving cupping, you will more than likely have marks or bruising. These typically do not cause pain or discomfort after the treatment. You may experience tenderness in the treated area, however. Since the cups create suction, it is bringing blood to the surface of the skin (same idea as a hickey) resulting in the circular bruises you may see. 

How much is cupping therapy?

Generally speaking, cupping massage tends to be slightly more expensive than deep tissue massage. Cupping therapy involves using special cups to create suction on the skin, which is believed to help with muscle tension, pain relief, and promote blood circulation. The additional equipment and specialized technique involved in cupping may contribute to the higher cost.

Should You Get a Cupping Massage for Cellulite?

Cupping therapy is sometimes used as a complementary treatment for cellulite, although its effectiveness is not scientifically proven. It is believed to help with cellulite by increasing blood circulation, stimulating lymphatic drainage, and breaking up fascial adhesions. 

Do You Massage Before or After Cupping?

Some people prefer a massage before cupping to relax muscles. Can you do a massage after cupping? Many people opt for cupping first to address specific areas of tension. It is essential to communicate with the therapist or practitioner to determine the best sequence for your needs.

Cupping vs. Massage?

Cupping therapy and deep tissue massage offer distinct benefits:

Benefits of cupping therapy:

  1. Increased blood circulation: Cupping therapy is believed to improve blood flow to the treated area, potentially aiding in pain relief and muscle recovery.

  2. Muscle relaxation: The suction created by the cups may help relax tense muscles and alleviate muscle spasms.

  3. Promotes lymphatic drainage: Cupping therapy is thought to stimulate the lymphatic system, aiding in the removal of toxins and reducing fluid retention.

  4. Potential for improved range of motion: Cupping therapy may enhance flexibility and mobility by releasing fascial adhesions.

Benefits of deep tissue massage:

  1. Pain relief: Deep tissue massage targets chronic muscle tension, helping to alleviate pain and discomfort.

  2. Breaks down scar tissue: The focused pressure of deep tissue massage can help break up scar tissue, promoting healing and improving mobility.

  3. Improved posture: By releasing tension in muscles and fascia, deep tissue massage may contribute to better posture and alignment.

  4. Stress reduction: Deep tissue massage can promote relaxation, reduce stress, and help improve overall well-being.

It's worth noting that the effectiveness and individual experience of both cupping therapy and deep tissue massage can vary. It's recommended to consult with a qualified healthcare professional or licensed therapist to determine which treatment may be most suitable for your specific needs.

Cupping massage practictioner removing cups from a woman.

Is Cupping Better Than Massage?

The effectiveness and preference for cupping therapy or deep tissue massage are subjective and depend on individual needs. Cupping therapy is known for increasing circulation, promoting drainage, and releasing fascial adhesions, while deep tissue massage focuses on relieving chronic muscle tension, alleviating pain, and improving posture. The choice between the two therapies depends on personal concerns, treatment goals, and preferences. Consulting with a healthcare professional or massage therapist is recommended to determine the best option for individual needs.

What is Fire Cupping?

Fire cupping, also known as dry cupping, is a traditional form of cupping therapy. It involves using heat to create suction inside cups, which are then placed on the skin. The suction draws the skin and underlying tissues upward. Fire cupping is believed to stimulate blood flow, release toxins, and relieve muscle tension and pain. It should be performed by trained professionals to ensure safety.

Ready to Get Started?

Click here or call our Auburn, WA office at 253.833.4800 to set up a consultation. Even if you've never experienced cupping massage before, our skilled therapists are ready to show you how cupping massage can help you heal and eliminate pain quickly.

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