Massage and therapeutic cupping can, at a first glance, seem like extremely different therapies – and they are! They can, however, be combined extremely successfully, and due to a renewed interest in cupping therapies and acupuncture, the demand for this type of treatment is increasing
The goal of traditional cupping treatments is to increased blood circulation and Qi. Cupping treatments involving moving cups are used to raise the “sha” to the larger area of surface. Silicone cupping sets are particularly helpful in these treatments, since they’re easier to slide on the skin.
By moving cups during treatment, a practitioner can treat larger areas than with traditional cupping. Compared to massage, these treatments can have a more pronounced therapeutic effect. At the same time, you can use cupping as a supplement to your massage therapies. Whether you are practising Swedish massage or deep tissue massage, cupping can help you better serve your clients.
You can adjust the degree of suction applied on the skin to achieve different goals during treatments. For example, Swedish Massage is used to promote relaxation by using slow, long circular strokes with light to medium pressure. It will help with increasing blood circulation and detoxify the system. Massage cupping will bring the circulation to the surface which would increase local blood supply to the muscles and skin. This increased blood circulation will bring nourishment and allow blood to carry away toxin.
Deep Tissue Massage is used to relieve specific stressed muscles and various pains including headaches and back pain. As we mentioned, lighter application of massage cupping will turn skin pink, which indicates greater circulation on the surface of the skin. Heavier application can be used to stimulate circulation and loosen adhesions or “dimpling.” In addition, while deep tissue massage always uses some products to help clients relax or release pains. Application of topical products immediately after massage cupping treatment will enable the absorption of the product deep into the tissue.
Because massage therapy helps move waste from the body, it’s important to remember to drink lots of water following a massage treatment to continue to flush the body.
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