At Excelsior Integrative, we embrace holistic health approaches that promote healing and overall well-being. One such effective therapy is  myofascial cupping therapy, a soft tissue treatment that uses suction to invigorate the body’s natural healing processes.

What is Myofascial Cupping Therapy?

Myofascial cupping therapy  involves placing plastic or glass cups on the skin to create suction, drawing up underlying tissues, blood, and fluids to the surface. The term “myofascial” pertains to the fascia surrounding and separating muscle tissue. This technique is highly effective in releasing and healing tight, hardened tissues and adhesions.

Our approach with myofascial cupping focuses on lifting, separating, and cleansing tissues. By pulling healthy fluid into the area and flushing out cellular debris, we help alleviate pain and improve mobility.

Who Can Benefit from Myofascial Cupping Therapy?

Many clients find myofascial cupping therapy deeply relaxing and beneficial for profound tissue release and healing. It is particularly effective for those suffering from soft tissue issues, musculoskeletal tension, pain, and sports injuries. Additionally, cupping can help reduce edema and stimulate bowel function.

This treatment can be integrated into other manual therapies like massage, enhancing relaxation by activating the parasympathetic nervous system to slow the heart rate and aid digestion.

However, it’s important to note that cupping should be avoided near acute injuries, areas with vessels, hardware, or herniations, and is not recommended for individuals with blood clotting disorders or certain skin conditions. Each client receives a thorough assessment to ensure the treatment’s safety and effectiveness.

What to Expect During Session

During a session at Excelsior Integrative, therapists use cups made from glass, silicone, or plastic, sometimes equipped with soft bulbs or connected to a suction machine. A generous amount of massage oil or cream is applied to minimize friction.

The therapist employs massage strokes to lift, separate, and stretch underlying tissues, often focusing on areas like the neck, shoulders, back, sacrum, hips, abdomen, thighs, calves, and upper arms. The cups can either glide over the skin or stay stationary on trigger points for deeper fascial release.

Understanding the Marks Left by Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy often leaves noticeable marks on the skin, which can range in color from light pink to dark red or purple. These marks are not bruises but rather indications of the body’s response to the therapy. Here’s what the different colours and patterns signify:

  • Light Pink Marks: These usually indicate minimal stagnation and suggest good circulation.
  • Red Marks: Commonly seen, they signify the release of toxins and improved blood flow to the surface.
  • Dark Red or Purple Marks: These suggest deeper, more chronic stagnation or blockages, indicating long-standing tension or poor circulation.
  • Patterns and Textures: Speckled or spotty patterns may indicate a more severe release of toxins or cellular debris.

What to Expect After Cupping

  • Immediate Effects: You may feel relaxed and experience a reduction in pain or tension immediately after the session.
  • Duration: The marks generally fade within 5 to 10 days, depending on the individual’s skin type and the level of stagnation.
  • Follow-Up: Depending on the severity of the stagnation, follow-up sessions may be recommended to further improve circulation and alleviate chronic issues.
  • Care Tips: Keep the cupped areas warm and covered after treatment to enhance the healing process. Staying hydrated also helps flush out the toxins released during the session.

Does Cupping Hurt?

Despite common misconceptions, cupping is not painful. While you may feel mild discomfort if tense, or a temporary stinging sensation during deep-tissue techniques, it is generally a comfortable experience. Communicate with your practitioner if you experience any pain during the session. Cupping may leave red or blue marks on the skin, which are harmless and typically disappear within 5 to 10 days.

Exploring Other Types of Cupping

There are various forms of cupping, including wet and fire cupping. While Excelsior Integrative focuses on non-invasive myofascial cupping, fire cupping is another recognized method. In fire cupping, a flame inside a glass cup creates a vacuum, and once extinguished, the cup is placed on the skin to enhance blood flow and circulation.

Experience the Benefits of Myofascial Cupping Therapy

If you’re looking to explore the benefits of myofascial cupping, schedule a consultation with one of our skilled practitioners at Excelsior Integrative. Whether you aim to relieve pain, enhance mobility, or simply relax, we tailor each session to meet your unique needs.

Consult with your healthcare professional to determine if myofascial cupping therapy is right for you.

Discover the transformative power of myofascial cupping and embark on your journey to optimal health and wellness with Excelsior Integrative.

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