Chinese Cupping (Gliding Technique) in Massage Therapy

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Cupping Kenna. Photo by Bruce via flickr. Licensed under creative commons.

Cupping is part of Oriental medicine and is the term applied to a technique that uses small glass cups as suction devices that are placed on the skin, after a flame heats them. Once the suction has occurred, the cups can be gently moved across the skin and this is referred to as gliding.

This popular form of treatment has a sensation that is enjoyed by many customers and can be used to compliment your regular massage therapy schedule.

Rather than applying pressure like in massage, the suction in the cups causes the skin and fascia (muscle layer) to be lightly drawn into the cup, which is a relaxing sensation. This also offers something different to regular massage and the variety of treatment is beneficial for your body.

Myofascial pain conditions, such as overuse and stress injuries, often caused through sport respond well to the cupping and gliding technique. Tired, fatigued muscles can feel invigorated after a cupping therapy session and many athletes use the technique regularly to aid sports recovery.

The benefits of suction include loosening muscles, helping lower high blood pressure and boosting blood flow. It is often used alongside massage or acupuncture to help relieve stiff muscles, back and neck problems, migraines and anxiety/depression. It has a number of benefits that improve the overall health of the customer.

Cupping can also help with various ailments, such as the common cold or asthma, as it clears congestion and helps the function of the lungs. Cupping can be used as a part of a good health routine.

Cupping therapy can affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, meaning they release toxins and clear blockages and can even help improve the appearance of varicose veins, cellulite and stretch marks. These factors have made the therapy popular in recent years.

There are a number of benefits to cupping, which work well to compliment other types of massage. In addition, your massage therapist can visit your home or workplace to deliver a cupping massage session, meaning that it fits in with your lifestyle and adds to your overall well-being and quality of life.

Ask your massage professional for more advice and information.