Cupping Therapy at Body Language
The technique that is commonly referred to as cupping therapy is otherwise known as decompression therapy, a form of alternative therapy that involves the use of silicone cups to create suction on the skin.
We utilize this form of Cupping Therapy at Body Language Massage and Wellness because we believe that it reduces clients and therapists without compromising on the benefits.
What is Cupping Therapy
Cupping Therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine that involves placing silicone cups on the skin with suction to generate negative pressure . This practice has been used for centuries across various cultures. Cupping Therapy is often used as a complement to Massage Therapy as it significantly aids in circulation and breaking down adhesions, among other benefits.
What to expect during Cupping Therapy
During a Cupping Therapy Massage, you can expect a combination of Swedish Massage Therapy techniques and the application of silicone cups to create suction on the skin. After a consultation, you'll be asked to undress to your comfort level and lie on a massage table, where the therapist will use oil or lotion to facilitate cup movement. The therapist will then introduce cups, applying them to specific areas and creating suction manually, resulting in a negative pressure on the body. The cups will be consistently moved around during the session. Throughout, you'll experience a pulling or stretching sensation; communication with the therapist is key if you experience any discomfort. After the session, temporary cupping marks may appear on the skin; these marks are painless and will fade in a few days time.
This treatment is not recommended for those who are affected by conditions (but not limited to) lymphedema, pitted edema, diabetes, varicose veins, and hemophilia.
For these reasons, we always recommend getting cleared from your doctor before coming in.
If you are still concerned about the possible risks. To talk to a Registered Massage Therapist directly, please give us a call at
Difference between Cupping Therapy and Fire Cupping
Fire Cupping and Cupping Therapy are two variations of Cupping Therapy that differ primarily in the cups used and the way they are applied to the skin.
In Cupping Therapy, utilized at Body Language, suction is created by using a manual pump before placing the silicone cups onto the skin. Because of this type of application, the intensity of the suction can be controlled more precisely, allowing the therapist to adjust the pressure based on client comfort. During the treatment the cups are constantly moving over the tissues. In Fire Cupping, the therapist uses a flame to heat the air inside the cup. Once the air is heated, the flame is extinguished, and the cup is quickly placed upside down on the skin. The cooling air inside the cup creates suction. With this application; the intensity is more challenging to control due to factors such as speed of application, and cooling rate of the air inside the cup. During the treatment the cups are then left in static positions, in specific acupuncture points or in areas of focus.
Though both forms have the potential to leave temporary marks on the skin, it is not the general aim of the treatment for Cupping Therapy and less likely to happen.
Benefits of Cupping Therapy
Cupping Therapy breaks down adhesions which can pay a vital role in reducing muscle tension.
This treatment affects fluids and tissues up to 10cm deep without having to apply excessive pressure on the body, greatly enhancing circulation, delivering more oxygen and nutrients to the treated areas as well as removing toxins from underlying stagnant fluids.
Alleviating muscle tension and pain alongside promoting blood flow and reducing inflammation.
Experienced Registered Massage Therapists
We have several members of our team with additional training and experience providing Cupping Therapy. There is a range of Cupping Therapy techniques and treatment options, and our highly qualified RMTs will provide you with a treatment plan customized to your health care goals.
There will be plenty of transparency and communication during the Cupping Treatment. Our trained practitioners are dedicated to making clients safe and comfortable. To book your first Cupping Therapy treatment, call our friendly staff at 289-806-5097.
I recently had the pleasure of experiencing cupping therapy for my back pain, and I have to say, it was nothing short of amazing. I had been suffering from chronic back pain for years, and I had tried everything from chiropractic adjustments to massage therapy, but nothing seemed to provide the relief I was seeking... until I gave it a try at Body Language. Thank you!
FAQs About Cupping Therapy
Does cupping therapy hurt?
Cupping therapy typically causes mild discomfort due to the suction, but it is generally not painful. The intensity can be adjusted based on individual tolerance and preferences.
Are there any side effects or risks associated with cupping therapy?
Potential side effects include temporary marks or bruising, and in some cases, skin irritation. Contraindications may exist for individuals with certain medical conditions, and it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional before undergoing cupping therapy.
How long do the marks from cupping last?
The duration of marks left by cupping therapy varies but is typically a few days to a week. The marks are not bruises; they result from the release of stagnant blood and toxins and are considered a normal response to the therapy.
How often should one receive cupping therapy?
The recommended frequency of cupping sessions depends on the specific condition being addressed and individual needs. A therapist will provide guidance on an appropriate schedule, which may range from weekly to monthly sessions.
Is Cupping Therapy safe?
Cupping therapy is generally considered safe when performed by trained and qualified practitioners. However, certain individuals, such as pregnant women, those with skin conditions, or those prone to bleeding, should consult with a healthcare professional before undergoing cupping therapy. Additionally, it's crucial to choose a certified and experienced therapist to minimize risks and ensure a safe treatment.
How long does each Cupping session last?
The duration of a cupping session can vary based on individual preferences, specific conditions being addressed, and the therapist's recommendations. At Body Language we offer Cupping Therapy as an upgrade to Swedish Massage appointment