FAQ - Cupping Massage

What are the benefits of a cupping massage?

  • Improves skin tone and promotes skin renewal (cellulite, scars, stretch marks)
  • Removal of pathogens & toxins
  • Increases blood circulation which speeds up the healing process
  • Increases metabolism
  • Improves digestion and helps relieve constipation symptoms
  • Improves lymph flow and better blood flow within the joint
  • Reduces inflammation and trigger point knots
  • Separates adhesive scar tissue and releases restricted tissue

What does cupping massage feel like?

It is safe and painless. There will be a tight pulling sensation when the cup is moved along or placed in a certain area. The amount of suction should be adjusted on the handset based on your tolerance.

What causes the coloured bruise-like marks after the cupping massage?

The vacuum formed by Cupping draws up the old non-circulating stagnant blood and sticky fluids from injured areas deep within the muscle. This will promote healthy blood circulation in the relevant area. This process results in cupping marks indicating that the stagnation has been moved from the deeper tissue layers to the surface. Space is created for oxygen, living cells and nutrients for faster recovery.

Does the colour and pattern of the marks vary?

They range from a bright red to dark purple depending on the level of stagnation in the area. It usually lasts a few days to a week depending on the individual’s ability to heal. The darker the bruise, the more stagnation was present in that muscle. If there is no stagnation, there will be a pink marking which disappears in a few minutes to a couple of hours. In follow up treatments the marks will get lighter as the toxins are gradually removed from the body.

How often can the cupping massage be done?

Once the marks have cleared, the treatment can be repeated.

When not to do cupping therapy?

  • Do not use cupping massage on your face

  • Cupping massage will leave marks which will disappear within 3 to 5 days

  • Do not use on wounds or compromised skin (fragile, thin)

  • Do not use if you are pregnant

  • Do not use if you are on blood thinners