Cupping—What’s All the Fuss About?

The 2016 Olympics brought a technique into the spotlight which Touch of Therapy is passionate about—cupping! Cupping is a technique in which the therapist uses cups that create a suction and vacuum pressure to the body. This brings hydration and blood flow to the area, lifts deep inflammation to the skin surface for release, and drains excess fluid and toxins by opening the lymphatic pathways.

Therapists use cupping to soften tight muscles, loosen adhesions, break up scar tissue, relieve neck and back pain, migraines, rheumatism and even cellulite. Cupping has a unique way of sedating the nervous system (good for high blood pressure!) and is helpful for anxiety.

You may have noticed the “cup kisses” on contestants at the Olympics. Our cupping technique often avoids these marks but sometimes they do occur. If you notice cup kisses after your massage, don’t panic—they aren’t bruises! Rather the cup kisses indicate that intense stagnation of toxins and body fluid has been released from that area. They will disappear within a few hours or days.

Touch of Therapy also uses cupping for lymphatic massage. Lymph is a watery fluid found throughout the body. This fluid sustains the immune system and its function in removing unwanted bacteria and materials. Good lymph fluid movement through the body is essential to good immune function, and a gentle cup massage can get that fluid moving. Touch of Therapy also offers an optional cocoon wrap after lymph massages.

Christina Frey, LMT is certified in ACE Cupping and tailors each massage to the client’s individual needs.