Massage cupping works for olympic athletes like Michael Phelps and gymnast, Alex Naddour. It restores circulation, improves your immune response, relieves tight muscles, soothes your nerves, and as an added bonus it’s also restorative for your skin.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to get those “bruises” to get the great effects of cupping therapy. You don’t need to be an athlete either! Cupping marks are created when pressure is used to draw your tissues up under a glass or plastic cup. Traditionally, this vaccum pressure is created by the heat from fire. I use a more modern method of air vaccum that is much more easily regulated so there is no need to create those telltale circle marks while still getting therapeutic results.
They’re not really bruises either. Cupping helps improve the efficiency of your body’s systems, removing what is no longer needed, some of which are old red blood cells. These come up beneath the layer of your skin and look similar to bruises because when you’re recovering from an injury, you also slough off old blood cells.
Cupping can help you heal from injuries that are years, even decades old, helping you move more freely and with less pain. But more importantly, it still feels good. I usually blend massage cupping into a traditional massage so you get the best of both worlds. Ask for it with your next massage. We can try it out for a few minutes and see if you like it.