Dry Cupping Therapy
Cupping therapy became increasingly popular after professional swimmer Michael Phelps at the Rio 2016 Olympics was spotted by camera as having the reddish circles on his body. However, cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine which roots reach back to the ancient Chinese, Egyptian and Middle Eastern cultures. In cupping therapy, the therapist applies special cups to the skin for a few minutes to create suction. This vacuum causes the soft tissue to rise, helps to increase in blood flow and induces a stretch effect. The stretch in the muscle and fascia leads to a relaxation effect, which results in a reduction in muscle tension and associated pain, improved range of motion and performance. Cupping can be used over any region of the body as long as there is a seal between the cup and skin.
Cupping therapy might look strange and even scary, but cupping is generally painless and can be powerful healing tool. Cupping is safe and any adverse are very rare. Please note! – cupping leaves circular marks where the cups have been. The marks will fade within 3-4 days (7-10 days).
Dry cupping works well in conjunction with sports and deep tissue massage, as the lifting effect provided from the cups works synergistically with the downward pressure application of manual massage. If interested, let me know and it is easy to incorporate into a sport massage session for free.
Dry cupping can also be done separately from the traditional massage, during which the cups are slowly moved around the area/body, creating a massage-like effect.