Dynamic Cupping Massage

Spa salon. Woman relaxing having cupping-glass massage. Bodycare.

I am excited to offer this as an addition to my massage practice. Dynamic Cupping Massage is a modern application of an ancient therapeutic technique. Flexible silicone cups and massage oil are used to create suction on the skin. This lifts and creates space in the muscles and soft tissues, promoting circulation and aiding in the release of connective tissue adhesions.

Starting with a gentle “suction and release” move, the cups loosen the tissues and begin to stimulate the circulatory system. I can control the amount of suction pressure by how tightly I squeeze the cups. Then I use a “glide” move, slowly drawing the cup over the skin. After that I “park” the cups and leave them in place for 2-3 minutes. I like to start with the 3 corners of the shoulder blade, helping to separate it from the ribcage below, where adhesions often occur. The erector muscles are tight on many people, so I will often continue by parking the cups along either side of the spine. While the cups are parked on one part of the back, I work another part with Circulatory or Deep Tissue strokes.

During the first session of cupping I will only work on the back, so we can evaluate how your body responds to the treatment. Taking time constraints the client’s issues into consideration, I may only cup the back, or work on the glutes, hamstrings, calves, quads, pecs, arms, shoulders, or neck.

Physiological Effects of Cupping:

  • Decrease pain and inflammation
  • Release deep muscular issues
  • Release and soften scar tissue
  • Increase range of motion
  • Open chest and lungs
  • Improve circulation
  • Drain lymph fluid, clear drainage pathways
  • Sedate nervous system
  • Open energy flow of the body
  • Dredge and clear old reside (blood and solidified lymph
    from injuries, surgeries, and chronic movement patterns)
    out of the muscle and soft tissue

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