CUPPING

This “reverse massage” combines therapeutic massage with “cups” that loosen & lift connective tissue (rather than push down on) to help release tension/knots, stimulate circulation, and increase range of motion. Excellent choice for people who want deep tissue work without the deep pressure.

This service is performed by our licensed massage therapist, Amy Reyor, who is certified in cupping. Cupping Massage is only offered during her business hours: Sunday 9am-3pm, Monday 10am-4pm, Tuesday 11am-5pm, Friday 10am-4pm, every other Saturday 9am to 3pm.

To ensure your safety, please see our full list of contraindications, as well as before & after care from cupping.

While cupping is extremely safe to use on most people, there are some contraindications that may prevent the use of cupping such as:

  • History of vascular disease such as DVT or varicose veins
  • Pregnancy
  • Any bleeding, internal or external
  • Open wounds or sensitive/fragile skin
  • Young children
  • Recent operation
  • Heart problems
  • Blood thinning medications

Benefits of Cupping

  • Healing tissues by bringing increased circulation and oxygen to enhance collagen production and tissue repair (great for scar tissue)
  • Creates a negative pressure which passively stretches myofascial tissue, resulting in increased range of motion
  • Assists in reduction of localized inflammation and helps with recovery
  • Breaks up adhesions in the fascial and musculoskeletal tissues
  • Clearing the pores and removing surface toxins while pulling out old stagnate blood and toxins from the deep myofascial tissues
  • Increases fluid movement which helps with detoxification of the lymphatic system, and organ systems
  • Relieves muscle spasms that often cause pain
  • Relaxes the sympathetic nervous system to aid stress reduction and healing
  • Stimulates the blood flow to rejuvenate skin, aiding in cellulite and edema reduction and skin toning/strengthening

Things to do before your cupping massage:

  1. Hydrate. Water is essential for your health, especially for your lymphatic system. Cupping supports your lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system clears away cellular waste from your body and it needs plenty of water to do this effectively.
  2. Don’t Eat less than an hour before your appointment.
  3. Don’t shave the area within four hours of your appointment. Your therapist really doesn’t mind stubble and your skin will thank you.
  4. Recover from sunburn. When you receive cupping, it will feel like that area is warmer than normal. Neither the cup nor the extra heat will feel good on sunburned skin. Apply some soothing aloe and wait until your skin has recovered before your next cupping appointment.
  5. Don’t exfoliate aggressively. Exfoliating removes a layer of dead skin, which makes your skin extra sensitive. Wait a couple days after aggressive exfoliation treatment before receiving cupping.

Immediately after cupping you will notice circular marks on your body where cups were used. This is completely normal. Though we do our best to minimize any dark bruising coloration, your skin will have these marks ranging in color from pink to deep red or purple.

How to make the cupping marks go away faster:

Discolorations from cupping will fade. Some may fade after a few hours while others take up to two weeks to disappear completely. The discolorations are related to your body’s health at the time of cupping.

If you’d like those marks to go away faster, do two things: hydrate and rest.

Everyone’s body responds differently to cupping. If you have any questions either before or after a cupping appointment, please call the spa to speak with your massage therapist that performed the service.

What to avoid after cupping or a cupping massage:

For 4-6 hours post cupping, avoid exposure to:

  1. Caffeine, alcohol, sugary foods and drinks, dairy, and processed meats
    These foods slow down your body’s ability to process the treatment.
  2. Hot showers, saunas, hot tubs and strong air conditioning
    After cupping, your skin will be more sensitive to temperature in the areas where the cups were placed. Give your skin time to recover. If possible, shower with filtered water to avoid reintroducing unnecessary chemicals onto your skin.
  3. Intense exercise
  4. Cold and windy conditions.

What to do after cupping or a cupping massage:

  1. Drink a lot of water.
    Water helps flush your lymphatic system of the cellular waste that cupping helps release from your tissues.
  2. Stay warm.
    Try to cover the area(s) where you received cupping.
  3. Rest.
    You may feel more tired than normal or experience flu-like symptoms after cupping (headache or general body aches). This is a temporary reaction by your immune system to the cellular waste that cupping helps release.