I’m excited to announce that I’ll now be offering cupping as one of the many techniques I employ in my therapeutic massage practice! If you aren’t interested in receiving massage cupping, then this will not change the way I work with you at all. However, if you are looking to intensify the deep sensation of receiving massage, you want to try a new approach, or you just like the feeling of cupping, I look forward to adding to your massage experience with this modality!
What are the benefits of cupping?
Our bodies are constantly responding to the loads we are experiencing. Whether that load is a push, pull, stretch, or torque on our cells, our tissue adapts to each and every one. Massage is essentially a way to intentionally load our cells in a way that benefits our whole body. I provide squish to parts of your body that have forgotten how to be squishy. I can push and press certain muscle fibers and encourage them to glide more smoothly, allowing for freer movement. But while I always strive to provide lift in the tissue, promoting space between stuck-down layers, I can’t use my hands to simply suck tissue up. This is where massage cups come in to play.
My reasoning for using cups is that they do what fingers cannot: they provide suction on the skin. Because I believe that a big part of the benefit of massage as a whole comes from receiving unique and varied loads—input the body can use to heal itself better—my intention in placing a cup on your body will be to provide the sensation of lifting up in a region that has been feeling stuck down for a long time.
What can I expect if I choose to receive cupping?
If you would like to receive cupping, I will still massage you, but I will add in some cups here and there either in areas that feel like they could benefit from some upward pressure, or areas that you request I use cups. I won’t simply stick some cups on your body and walk away. I will be closely monitoring your tissue to make sure I don’t leave a cup in an area that becomes uncomfortable for you. I will still be using my hands to massage nearby or to move your body in conjunction with the placement of the cups.
Cupping can leave marks on your skin. These marks are the result of broken blood vessels, and they can take a day to a week to go away just like any minor tissue damage. These marks should not be painful. Similarly to the ache of muscles that have been worked too hard, they can be sore if the cups were left in place too long. It is also important that you let me know if you are taking blood thinners, or your skin is fragile or bruises easily as I will need to adapt the amount of cupping I employ so as to not cause undue damage to your tissue.
Cupping is fun!
If cupping sounds like something you would like to try, or if you already love it, let me know at your next appointment. With my hands or with cups, you can experience the uplifting nourishment of massage!