Massage Cupping therapy is an amazing full body treatment.  It can also be added on to any massage or body treatment to target only the areas of concern.  With every stroke you will feel yourself melt into the table with relaxation and rejuvenation, taking away the stresses on your mind and body.  Therapy can be geared more aggressively to the athlete, or subtler to the average spa goer looking for some pain relief along with relaxation.

Massage_cupping | Tampa massageBenefits of Massage Cupping

Benefits of Massage Cupping include lifting, draining and smoothing:

  • drains intermediate lymph
  • loosens adhesions in connective tissue that cause shortening of muscles and restrictions in joint range of motion
  • releases deep muscle issues
  • relieves inflammation
  • stimulates blood flow to bring oxygenation back to the tissue to lengthen it and stimulate organ efficiency
  • sedates the nervous system
  • helps with the absorption of topical treatments
  • helps smooth the appearance of cellulite by loosening the adhesions that cause the dimpling with the fatty tissue
  • breaks up scar tissue from healed injuries


Massage Cupping is different from Traditional Chinese Cupping.  Traditional Chinese Cupping uses stationary cups on the skin that are left for up to 15 minutes and then moved to other areas.  This practice has the goal of moving stagnation of blood and chi, with the desired result being a “cup kiss.”

With Massage Cupping there is rarely a “cup kiss” left on the body.  If it does appear it is not a bruise.  It is the release of intense stagnation.  It will dissolve within a few hours or days.

Massage Cupping draws inflammation out, but doesn’t add to it.  The skin will turn red with deeper suction bringing blood flow to the surface.  This dissipates minutes after every stroke.  Increased localized blood supply brings nourishment to the skin, muscles, and organs, and carries toxins out through the lymph system by which the strokes are directed to.

Massage Cupping Experience

Your experience with Massage Cupping starts by cream being applied for proper suction of the cups.  For the majority of the treatment the cups are kept moving using a variety of techniques tailored to your goals and needs for the session.  Light to deep suction as well as speed of cup movement depends on your medical history, comfort level, and goals for the treatment.  The cups can be left stationary on areas of issue, but for no longer than three minutes.  This stationary placement can also vary in suction depth.  The cups can then be released and moved to another area if needed.  They can also be left stationary and quickly released in a sequence over several repetitions.

Massage Cupping Recommendations

Although safe for children, adults, and the elderly; children, the elderly, people with diabetes and on blood thinners, and the energy-depleted individual should be treated more gently.  It’s recommended the sauna and steam room be used before the treatment and never after.   Also, avoid exercise, a hot shower and other excessive exposure to heat and cold after the treatment for four to six hours due to extreme blood flow to the surface of the skin.  With this extra blood flow the body will be more sensitive to these conditions. This treatment is not recommended for pregnant women.  Although, light suction and release may be done all over as well as target areas of suction and release to aid in the reduction of swelling.  Other contraindications include: working lightly around varicose veins, lesions, bulging disks and other acute injuries.

To have the best result from your treatment you will need to drink lots of water afterwards until your urine is clear; and repeat your treatment every three days to a month in duration; only repeating before three days if the work is alternated between body parts on each visit.

*This information is gathered from TheraCuppingTM L.L.C., ACE Massage CuppingTM

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Kimberly Bowe

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