Cupping is used to expel toxins from areas of pain and tightness and uses glass cups, held by suction, to massage the body. Traditionally the cups are placed on the back, shoulders and lower back.

Stationary cupping

Stationary cups are left on the skin for 5 to 15 minutes to facilitate the release of stagnant blood, pathogenic factors and dispel internal heat.

Massage cupping

Massage cupping uses oil so the cup can glide over the skin to release tension and congestion in the muscles. Most cupping procedures will create a red to dark red circle on the skin but will disappear within a week.


The action on the nervous system can be sedating and the client can experience a deep state of relaxation. Clients can also experience a feeling of lightness and flexibility in the area of pain or range of movement restrictions. Conditions that respond well to cupping massage therapies include:

  • fibromyalgia,
  • anxiety,
  • insomnia,
  • chronic pain,
  • sciatica, and
  • asthma.

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