Cupping is an ancient Chinese form of massage in which a local suction is created on the skin using a manual vacuuming pump technique. This mobilizes blood flow in order to promote release of tissue. Suction mechanical cupping graphicdevices (hand pumps) are placed on the area and suction is applied for about 2-5 minutes until blood rushes to the surface.

Cupping is a relatively new technique being incorporated into massage therapy. The overall benefits range from muscle release, aid in muscular cramping, headaches/migraines, pain relief, and an increase in circulatory functions & detoxing. Your experience during cupping may vary from others. Most feel a sense of heat, tingling or itching where the cup is placed and  then a sudden release of the tissue under the cup.

The visual “hickey” effects of cupping lasts anywhere from 2-4 days depending on exercise and water intake. Both are very important post session to flush the toxins stored in connective tissue out. If one does not provide the adequate amount of water after a cupping session some may experience a form of nausea. Though this side effect is rare, it can happen after a first time experience due to the rush of tissue release and years of stored toxins holding onto a knot.


Just Breathe Massage Therapy
Phone: 406-596-5842
Location: 1206 West Kent Avenue, Suite C
Missoula, Montana 59801

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