A few weeks ago, I had a great opportunity to learn all about cupping from a local acupuncturist. I’ve been using this technique quite a bit, integrated into massage sessions, and have been pretty impressed with the results clients are reporting back: pain/headache relief, better mobility, softening up of old “stuck” areas, and experiencing the unique sensation of “lifting” soft tissue (as opposed to the compressive forces of traditional massage).
Cupping is still a fairly new thing for most people in the US–you may have never heard of it; you may have seen the “markings” on Olympic athletes like Michael Phelps (check out this article); or you might have had it done before (usually at an acupuncturist’s office).
Want to see it in action? Here’s a quick video showing a similar style of incorporating it into massage (I use both static placement of the silicone cups & gliding cupping).
I put together a “Cupping 101” overview with more info, so you can decide if it might be something you’d like to try in your next massage: