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Cupping is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) therapy dating back at least 2,000 years. Types of cupping include retained cupping, moving cupping, wet cupping, medicinal cupping, to name a few. The actual cup can be made of materials such as glass, plastic, or earthenware.
The cups themselves can also be used to grip the skin and lift it (and the fascia directly beneath it) away from deep muscle tissues. The way I use it most often is sort of "reverse massage" --Instead of applying pressure, I use the suction of the cups to lift and separate the layers of tissue and get them moving freely again. It's a strange sensation, but most of my clients enjoy it and the relief they get from it.
Cupping also increases blood flow to the area, and can help speed up healing of tired, aching muscles. The suction of the cups is just left to do its work while I continue with other parts of the massage. This method may leave a slightly round, red mark on the skin.
Cupping is great for athletes, and I use it on several of my clients who work out regularly. If you'd like to try it in a session, just ask when you make your appointment.