What is Cupping?

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative therapy which you could think of as the opposite to massage since the pressure is negative produced by suction.

My Haven Laser & Spa massage therapists offer cupping massage therapy at our SW Calgary location, which uses specialized cups to create suction on the skin, which can help to release tension, improve circulation, and promote relaxation. Cupping massage therapy is often used in combination with other massage techniques to provide a comprehensive and customized treatment experience for clients.

Cupping Massage Add-on at My Haven Laser & Spa in SW Calgary

Some benefits of cupping massage therapy provided by massage therapists include:

  1. Pain Relief: Cupping massage therapy can help to relieve pain and tension in the muscles and other soft tissues, which can be especially beneficial for people with chronic pain conditions.
  2. Improved Circulation: The suction created by the cups can help to improve blood flow, which can promote healing and reduce inflammation.
  3. Deep Relaxation: Cupping massage therapy can be a deeply relaxing experience, helping to calm the mind and reduce stress.
  4. Improved Range of Motion: By releasing tension and improving circulation, cupping massage therapy can help to improve range of motion and flexibility.
  5. Detoxification: Cupping massage therapy can help to stimulate the lymphatic system, which can aid in detoxification and improve overall health.
  6. Reduced Cellulite: Cupping massage therapy may help to reduce the appearance of cellulite by stimulating blood flow and promoting lymphatic drainage in the affected areas.
  7. Improved Digestion: Cupping massage therapy can help to stimulate digestion by increasing blood flow to the abdominal area and promoting relaxation in the digestive muscles.
  8. Headache Relief: Cupping massage therapy can help to relieve tension in the neck and shoulder muscles, which can be a common cause of headaches.
  9. Improved Respiratory Function: Cupping massage therapy may help to improve respiratory function by stimulating the lungs and promoting relaxation in the chest muscles.
  10. Improved Sleep: Cupping massage therapy can be a relaxing and calming experience that may help to improve the quality of sleep and reduce insomnia.

What Does Cupping Feel Like?

What does cupping feel like at My Haven Laser & Spa in SW Calgary

Contrary to the commonly-held impression, the suction of the cups does not hurt. In fact, most people find the sensation very pleasant, a sort of a release. The cups can remain in position for several minutes, or the therapist can glide them over the skin similar to the movements of a massage. This negative pressure is the opposite to a deep tissue massage – a pulling versus a pushing effect.

What Does Cupping Massage Entail?

Cupping Massage Add-on at My Haven Laser & Spa in SW Calgary

Cupping involves the placement of “cups” on the body, whereby the air inside the cups has been removed to create a vacuum that allows the cups to stay attached to the body. The vacuum is created either by heating the air inside the cup before placing on the skin, or by a suction pump on the cup which sucks out the air.

So Why Place Cups On The Body?

Benefits of cupping at My Haven Laser & Spa in SW Calgary

The procedure is intended to get fluids moving through the body. But why would you want to do that? Simple: in Traditional Chinese Medicine, stagnation or lack of movement of fluids or energy is believed to be the root cause of pain and other health imbalances.  With a stagnant body of water in nature, it is often a breeding ground for bacteria and parasites, and not a healthy source of water you’d want to drink. Breaking up stagnation in the body and getting blood, lymph, and energy to move freely throughout the body can help the body to function and feel better. Another purported benefit of cupping is that it stimulates the nerves in the skin which has a calming effect on the nervous system.

Why Get Cupping Done?

Why get cupping done at My Haven Laser & Spa in SW Calgary
You don’t just have to have cupping done on your back, the treatment can be done on many areas of the body, as well as over specific acupuncture points of meridians. Practitioners say it can be helpful for those suffering from pain, stiffness, fevers, lung issues, digestive issues, Bell’s palsy, water retention, or menstrual discomfort. Cupping can treat:
  • inflammatory conditions such as bursitis and tendonitis
  • muscular tension
  • stagnant lymph and edema
  • fibromyalgia
  • sciatica
  • flaccid and undernourished skin and muscle tissue
  • toxicity
  • chronic and acute pain

Still Cupping and Moving Cupping?

Cupping treatments at My Haven Laser & Spa in SW Calgary
With still cupping, cups are placed onto one location of the body and left there. Therapists say this process is helpful to treat certain acupuncture points, specific areas of imbalance or tension, and rounded areas where suction would be lost if the cups were moved.  Moving cupping, on the other hand, involves an oil or lotion that is placed on the body, allowing the cup, with suction remaining engaged, to be moved over a larger area.  Moving cupping as a great way to cover a larger area of the body, predominately on the back, to treat conditions locally, as well as in other areas of the body, due to the location of acupuncture points on the back that treat other systems of the body.

These therapies can be added to any massage treatment!

Note: Our couples massages include your choice of either an essential oil upgrade, hot stone therapy, or a cupping option addon!