Benefits of Cupping

Massage cupping is a modified version of “cupping therapy”, which has been used extensively in Chinese medicine for several thousand years.  By creating suction and negative pressure, massage cupping is used to drain excess fluids and toxins; stimulate the peripheral nervous system; bring blood flow to stagnant muscles and skin; and loosen adhesions, connective tissue, and stubborn knots in soft tissue.  Massage cupping can be integrated into almost treatment to reach optimal fascia and muscle release.

Cupping is one of the best deep-tissue therapies available. It is thought to affect tissues up to four inches deep from the external skin. Toxins can be released, blockages can be cleared, and veins and arteries can be refreshed within these four inches of affected materials. Even hands, wrists, legs, and ankles can be ‘cupped,' thus applying the healing to specific organs that correlate with acupressure points.

Cupping therapy usually causes some bruising for a few days to a week or so, but the bruises are generally not painful at all. Patients who do cupping on a regular basis tend to clear their bruises much more quickly.

Cupping therapy can be done as frequently as once per week (as long as markings have cleared) for acute muscle tension that causes pain. Generally, we recommend a cupping treatment every 1-2 months for patients who want to maintain their results or enhance athletic performance.

What can it treat?

  • Back pain, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, IT band pain

  • Tight and stiff muscles

  • Rotator cuff injuries

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Cellulite

  • Weight Gain

  • Varicose veins

  • Sore throat

  • Scaring

  • Headaches

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Wrinkles and Facial Rejuvenation 

  • Blood disorders–Anemia and hemophilia

  • Respiratory conditions: asthma, bronchitis

  • Rheumatic diseases–Arthritis and fibromyalgia

  • High blood pressure by calming the nervous system

  • Emotional balance: anxiety, depression, stress, migraines


Overall, cupping is a very safe and enjoyable treatment. It is fantastic on its own or as an adjunct to acupuncture or massage therapy. I’ve found that good health is not one thing you do, but the culmination of many good habits and treatments to keep you balanced. Remember to stay curious, try something new, and enjoy the process. 



For safety reasons, we typically only do cupping on patients who are generally healthy and do not have major health concerns.  We WILL NOT perform cupping therapy if you are:

  • Pregnant;

  • Taking a prescription anti-coagulant such as Coumadin or Warfarin;

  • Over the age of 70;

  • Under the age of 16; or

  • Currently diagnosed with cancer, hemophilia, or blood disease.