Cupping Massage Therapy

Cupping massage therapy has been around for a long time. The actual origin of cupping is a mystery. We do know that the Chinese recorded using cupping therapy in surgery. The Chinese record using cupping therapy back in 28 A.D. Records of the Egyptians using cupping started in 1550 B.C.

Cupping started out with animal horns being hollowed out. From the animal horn to the bamboo cups and were eventually replaced by glass. From glass came the plastic vacuum cups.

These are the glass fire cups used.

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These are the plastic vacuum cups.

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What Does Cupping Massage Therapy Do?

Massage cupping creates suction. It helps soften tight muscles, loosens adhesions and lift connective tissue. This enhances blood flow to the body’s tissues, brings hydration and rids the body of excessive fluid and toxins. Massage cupping helps the lymphatic system by clearing out the lymphatic pathways. This helps our immune system to work better, keeping us healthier and stronger.

What are the benefits of Cupping Massage Therapy?

Cupping Massage is not irritating to the skin. It draws out inflammation and does not add to it. It increases local blood supply to muscles and skin brings nourishment and helps remove toxins. With minimal discomfort cupping can help chronic and acute pain effectively. Cupping massage helps tense muscles to soften making them easier to work with. Cupping Massage also reduces cellulite. Increase range of motion, improve circulation and open energy flow in the body.

How does Cupping Massage Therapy Feel?

“The sensation is truly indescribable, often experienced as deep warmth and a tingling sensation lasting long after the treatment has ended. The action on the nervous system is sedating, and people will often descend into a profound state of relaxation. The body comes alive, and new ease of movement can truly be felt”. Anita J. Shannon, LMBT

I found that Anita Shannon did such a wonderful job in how she described cupping massage that I had to quote her words.

Cupping massage is truly enjoyable experience. It allows work to be done quicker and less painful than the traditional way.

For Example.

A lymphatic drainage massage with no areas of concern will take the whole hour for a full body. If there is an area of concern the whole body cannot be accomplished in an hour. With the use of the cups a lymphatic drainage can be done in half the time, leaving time for other work to be done.

By ‘parking a cup’ on an area it helps to soften the tight muscle making the work on both the therapist and the client more effective.

Conditions that Cupping Massage Therapy can Help are:


High blood pressure



Inflammatory conditions


Sluggish colon, IBS


Stagnant lymph



Poor circulation

Lung inflammation and congestion



Poorly nourished skin and muscle tissue

Insomnia and anxiety

Neuralgia and rheumatism

TMJ dysfunction


Parkinson’s disease

Plantar faciatis

& many more

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Cup Kisses

Picture is courtesy of ·Cupping Massage Therapy | wellness number one and google images

The red marks on her back are called Cup kisses. They do not hurt and look worse than they really are. They last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. This happens due to toxins and old blood being brought to the surface. The more times you have cupping massage the less you will have these.

Cupping massage therapy has been developed as a way to open up the ‘Meridians’ of the body. Meridians are the conduits in the body that energy flows to every part of the body, including organs and tissues. There are 5 meridians on the back. When these meridians are opened it allows invigorating energy to travel the whole body. Research has found that cupping massage therapy is an effective way of opening these meridians.

Meridians of the Body

Cupping has been found to also affect the body up to 4 inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins. It has been known to help clear colon blockage, help activate and clear the veins, arteries, and capillaries, activate the skin, lessen the look of stretch marks and reduce cellulite.

Face Lifting and Drainage Therapy

Face lifting and drainage using cupping is a wonderful and invigorating add-on to any massage. It makes you feel and look 5 years younger. Faces lift without the surgery.

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Rubber bulb cups are used on the face. There are no cup kisses on the face.

Nobody wants cup kisses left on their face.

Face lifting and drainage therapy helps eliminate buildup of waste that everyday life leaves on our faces. It also helps to reduce fluids in the face and neck by opening and clearing lymph pathways. It has been known to help reduce fine lines on the face when done on a regular basis.

The face lifting and drainage treatment works best if done in a series of 6-8 treatments, with a treatment every 3 to 4 days.

Each client will have a different level of fragments from everyday life, so the number of treatments will be different for each client. After the first half of the face is done for the first time, the client can tell the difference.

If you would like to learn more about Face lifting and drainage you can go to

Magnetic Micro-Cupping Reflexology.

Research has found that all body tissues respond to magnetic therapy, including bone and nerve tissue. These powerful tools are used to shift the PH of tissue, enabling release of old debris and enhanced blood and lymphatic flow. Another age-old tool with modern applications and exciting results!

Improving blood quality helps to lessen inflammation, reducing calcium deposits, lactic acid in the body along with other toxins. The tissue is detoxified and allows healing process to begin at a fast rate.

Ions in the blood carry either a negative or positive charge. When the ions pass thru a magnetic field they are either attracted or repelled which cause them to accelerate. This helps to carry toxins away from the damaged area. Energized and oxygenated cells help heal damaged tissues.

Magnetic Reflexology is a wonderful add-on to any massage treatment.

Some things to be aware of when thinking about trying a Cupping Massage:

The first time should only be about 15 minutes and can be increased a little more each time.

This allows the body to adjust to the treatments. The body will understand what it is suppose to do and be more effective each time. If you over stimulate it the first time, it will not be as effective as it can be if you slowly increase the sessions.

Avoid taking hot showers, sauna or exercising for at least 4-6 hours after a cupping massage. Also as with any massage/bodywork done you want to drink plenty of water to help re-hydrate the skin and allows the liver to work more efficiently.

If you are looking for a therapist that is trained in cupping in your area you can go to:





Fleischman, Dr. Gary F. Acupuncture: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know. Barrytown, NY: Station Hill, 1998.

Williams, Tom, Ph.D. The Complete Illustrated Guide to Chinese Medicine. Rockport, MA: Element, 1996.


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