Massage Cupping Therapy

In recent years cupping has been growing in popularity, with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, David Arquette, and athlete Michael Phelps drawing public attention to the traditional Chinese therapy technique.

It seems trendy now, but it’s not something new. Cupping is one of the oldest forms of manual therapy stretching back through the mists of times and finding its place in the modern world of healing.

In Western world cupping is mostly used as direct clinical application, different to traditional Eastern methods which work on affecting change in the line of meridians or “Qi” throughout the body. Known as massage cupping body therapy, this modified version creates suction and negative pressure through the use of stationary cups, sliding cups, or vaccum machines. The cups can remain in position for some minutes, or the therapist can glide them over the skin producing effects compared to a deep tissue massage with a pulling versus a pushing effect.