You probably have seen some US athletes including the legend Michael Phelps during the last Rio Olympics with weird red or purplish circles on his shoulders and back, that is because they got a cupping session done. Massage cupping is used to soften tight muscles and tone attachments, loosen adhesions, lift connective tissue & helps Lymphatic flow.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. 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.
The cups may be made of:
Cupping therapy might be trendy now, but it’s not new. 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.
We use a silicone cup with rubber pump to create the vacuum inside the cup. Or we just do gliding with plane silicone cups, which they can move from place to place on your skin for a massage-like effect.
The suction causes your skin to rise and redden as your blood vessels expand.
Depending on how long the cup is left on one particular area of the body( generally up to 3 minutes), you get an infusion of fluid in that one area. That’s why you see the marks. There’s an increase in blood flow to that area.
The discoloration seen after the session is from the break up of capallaries on the surface of the skin.
The discoloration can last a week and that reported benefits include speedier recovery and improved muscle movement.
60 mins for $75
90 mins for $125
-Adds on: $30 for one specific muscle group or limb.