Cupping Therapy

Jeanette Lundell LMT and Certified Cupping Massage Practitioner speaks about Cupping Therapy and its Benefits

Read a clients perspective and discover her experience, the benefits she received, and her improvement in this delightful testimonial she wrote voluntarily on her own! Click Here!

 
 
 The vacuum created within the cup is safe and effective, and cups are left on for about 5-7 minutes only to reduce hypertonicity, tension and toxic buildup.

The vacuum created within the cup is safe and effective, and cups are left on for about 5-7 minutes only to reduce hypertonicity, tension and toxic buildup.

Cupping Therapy 101

Cupping, specifically dry cupping, what I do at Inner Roots Massage and Bodywork, is a very deep yet less intense addition to my massage therapy business. Negative pressure is created using a simple suction cup to draw toxins, stagnant blood, old lymph, old medicine, and scar tissue to the surface so that your body can properly dispose of it. The items mentioned above are what we refer to as "muscle gunk", things that get clogged up in our system, preventing our body from healing itself. It relieves muscle tension by decompressing and creating space between our tissue layers. It also aides in relaxation as it engages our parasympathetic nervous system. It is a gentler and less invasive way to work deeper than standard deep tissue can, and provides longer lasting results granted that treatments are on a regular basis. 

We have eight layers of tissue from our skin to our bones. During standard Swedish and Deep Tissue massage, I can usually only get to layers four, five or possibly six. With cupping I can access all eight layers and create a ton of space for your muscle to relax, tension to ease, and healing to begin. 

 
 Notice the darker areas? That is where more stagnation, and toxins lie, which indicates regular frequent treatments to really make a difference in relief!

Notice the darker areas? That is where more stagnation, and toxins lie, which indicates regular frequent treatments to really make a difference in relief!

Benefits For Client

For those of you who have trouble spots that are causing you chronic discomfort, cupping may be the treatment for you if deep tissue massage is too painful. That is not to say that cupping is not beneficial for clients who enjoy deep tissue, as it is recommended for any client. Think of your body as a claustrophobic individual: you keep piling people in the elevator, anxiety increases, but once you open the doors, the individual relaxes. Your body acts in this manner. Though you may think deep tissue pressure is fine, when your body tenses up in certain areas during trigger point treatment, that is telling me, the massage therapist, that a pressure adjustment is necessary (piling people in the elevator). But when I ease up on the pressure, or use cups to CREATE SPACE, your body relaxes (opening the elevator doors). Don't get me wrong, deep tissue is very beneficial, however, with cupping I am able to provide even more personalized and comprehensive care to each individual. The benefits are maximized when essential oils are applied before cupping treatments, as the creation of space allows the oils to sink deeper into the tissues once the cups are removed. There are many more benefits of cupping but the most common ones are- improves blood flow through veins and arteries, clearing congestion from common cold, controlling asthma, detoxifying, relieving tension, cellulite reduction, range of motion improvement, clearing acne fine lines and wrinkles, and improving the digestive system! Imagine how great you will feel!

 
 Just some different variations of cupping marks.

Just some different variations of cupping marks.

What Can I Expect During and After A Cupping Session?

I schedule both cupping only sessions (30 minutes each) or incorporate the technique into a deep tissue massage. You can expect to possibly feel a bit of pulling in areas, with a possible increased intensity in tender areas such as quadriceps, hamstrings and upper arms. At times, clients experience a burning or itching sensation during treatments which is normal. Your skin will turn pink or red, and if very clogged sometimes even purple, like a bruise color. The fading process afterwards is similar to that of how bruise fades, may be very slightly tender to the touch, or may not hurt at all. These marks, are normal, and give the therapist an indication of where more concentrated work is needed. Some areas may not mark up at all. Also, after a treatment, clients may feel tired, hungry and thirsty- this is due to your body doing its job: working to clear up everything that your therapist just removed, in order for your body to heal. It is normal! There is nothing to be afraid of during a cupping treatment. I can use it in a way that doesn't mark the skin, if you are fearful of marks, but if you really want to get on board with healing your body, marks may be necessary in order to achieve maximum results. Please don't hesitate to call me with any questions or concerns!