This practice uses special flexible silicone cups on your skin to create suction. The cups are placed on the skin, creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The underlying tissue is sucked part way into the cup. You may feel a tight sensation in the area of the cup, however many people describe the feeling as relaxing and soothing, not painful.
There are various methods of using cupping in massage therapy, but at Massage Therapy Connections we use dynamic cupping. After applying lubricant to the skin, the cup is placed and then moved in a specific area, often in a specific direction to mimic lymphatic movement. Dynamic cupping treats all the same issues as traditional cupping and has been said to be even more beneficial for lasting myofascial release than its traditional counterpart.
This technique is painless, relaxing and leaves NO CIRCULAR MARKS on the skin. Yay!!!
Three of our therapists – Erica Fagan, Leah Johnson and Lisa Tarr – are certified in the use of silicone cupping massage techniques. There are some contraindications for using cupping techniques, therefore your therapist will discuss with you what would be appropriate for you.