Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years, cupping has just recently jumped over into the massage world. In TCM, suction is created using glass cups and a flame, or plastic cups and a mechanical pump. The cups are then placed or “parked” on certain areas of the body and left there for 10-15 minutes.
In Massage Cupping, I use plastic or flexible silicone cups that are moved around and glide over the skin. The negative pressure of the vacuum picks up the skin and tissue below creating a wonderful sensation. This helps me to warm up the tissue, allowing me to do deeper work more comfortably.
Massage Cupping may create a "cup kiss" or circular mark on the skin. This is not a bruise, but a sign of circulation being brought closer to the skin. These marks fade between a few minutes to 48 hours after treatment.