Chinese Cupping Massage Therapy
Chinese cupping massage therapy dates back to 1,550 B.C. and is regarded as one of the best deep tissue therapies you can experience. Most practitioners believe this form of massage therapy will affect tissues up to four inches deep from the external skin.
What is Chinese Cupping Massage Therapy?
Chinese cupping massage therapy is a technique whereby a vacuum is created in a cup, drawing the skin up into the cup and pulling it away from the superficial fascia (the thin layer of loose fatty connective tissue underlying the skin and binding it to the parts beneath). The suction from the cup draws the blood to the skin level, creating a vacuum below the skin and causing new blood to rush in, removing stagnation.
The cups used in Chinese cupping massage therapy are made of plastic and rubber with a mechanical suction device to create the suction required to lift the skin. The cups are very hygienic and easy to clean.
What does Chinese Cupping Massage Therapy feel like?
Chinese cupping massage therapy is not a painful experience, but during the time the cups are on the body, there is a slight burning sensation depending on how tight the fascia is adhered to the skin. After removing the cups a bruise-like appearance will stay for five to seven days, however there is no pain. For a more intense treatment, the cups can be dragged along the skin’s surface.
Benefits of Chinese Cupping Massage Therapy
The suction and negative pressure provided by Chinese cupping massage therapy releases toxins, loosens muscles and encourages blood flow which in turn can relieve:
- Back and neck pain
- Stiff muscles
- Reduce inflammation