What is it?
Dry cupping is a practice used in traditional medicine throughout the world, including China and the Middle East. The therapist places a plastic cup onto the skin and creates a vacuum which draws the skin, muscle, and fascia up into the cup. Once the cup is removed, the skin relays information to the therapist about the underlying tissue. A darker patch on skin would indicate an area of restriction, adhesion, or stagnation in the muscles. Dry cupping helps the therapist pinpoint exactly where to massage.
In contrast with the positive pressure of the deep tissue massage, dry cupping can be a very relaxing and soothing experience.
It promotes blood circulation and speeds up muscle recovery. The negative pressure from the suction on the skin, muscles, and facia allows new blood to flow into that area of tissue which:
Provides a feeling of relief from physical and emotional tensions
Begins the healing and regeneration process - the exchange of blood allows the removal of toxins and dead cells
Warms the skin and softens tissues to regain elasticity
What Clients Say
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- NICOLE R.
Did You Know?
Cupping became popular in the U.S. in 2016 after Michael Phelps debuted in the Olympic Rio Games with some strange marks on his body. Phelps' strength and conditioning coach, Keenan Robinson, introduced the swimmer to cupping prior to the pan-Pacific championship in 2014. They used this method to quickly recover and relax Phelps muscles after intense workouts. This allows his fascia (a fibrous connective tissue that is present throughout the entire body, not just the muscles) to stay lubricated and the muscles move for freely and easily.