Cupping Therapy 101

by Radiant Bliss
on 09 November 2017

If you have never heard of Cupping therapy before, you may think it some new trend in the massage world - but actually it is one of the oldest healing traditions known to mankind.

It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C. according to WebMD.

This ancient form of alternative medicine is a type of negative pressure massage where suction is applied to the surface of the body. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

With modern technology, a few different ways have been developed to produce suction. Historically, suction was created by placing the cup over fire, or a heat source to draw the air out of the cup, and create a vacuum inside the cup. The cup was then placed on the body. This vacuum would create suction, and the tissue would be drawn into the cup. More recently, there have been more simplistic and arguably equally as effective methods to produce suction.

While there there are different methods of cupping, Radiant Bliss Massage makes use of a more modern version of cupping using silicone cups which can be moved from place to place on your skin for a massage-like effect.  To learn more about the various types of cupping, check out "What is Cupping" from The Cupping Revolution. 

Cupping is a very safe and effective treatment modality that improves blood circulation, and lymphatic flow in the body. It is a great tool to help with pain relief, and has no demonstrable negative effects on the body when practiced by a properly informed practitioner. Cupping is safe to use alongside other therapeutic treatments, and safe to receive while taking medication. 

The first time receiving cupping, you may find the experience of negative pressure massage a bit strange. If there is pain, then let your therapist know immediately so the suction pressure can be reduced or treatment can be stopped if pain persists.  You may also experience some mild discomfort or marks in the area where the cups touch your skin.  Any marks usually fade with in a day or two.  And with any massage be sure to stay sufficiently hydrated before and especially after your session. 

Give cupping a try on your next session and experience the benefits first hand!