Using Cups

Varied techniques using stationary and moving cups greatly enhance many spa/body treatments and massage modalities.
This method has been adapted and duplicated by modern lymphatic drainage machines.

Vacuum-Cup Massage

Cupping massage is a type of massage based on the local impact on the human body with rarefied air. This method of therapy through the use of decreased pressure is a type of vacuum therapy, widely used nowadays for treating a variety of human diseases.

Cup massage is performed with medical cups, which have vacuum-sucking, thermochemical, and reflective impact on the skin, hypoderm, muscles, and nerves, biologically active zones and meridians of the human body.

Cup massage lasts up to 20 minutes and is accompanied by the feeling of warmth. It can be slightly uncomfortable to the patient. The skin in the massaged area becomes slightly hyperemic and congested. Cup massage should be immediately stopped if the patient complains of the pain and discomfort and asks to stop it.

History of cup massage

The history of cup massage dates back thousands of years; thus, it was widely used in the times of ancient Roman empire. Galen, the well-known Roman physician, applied cups onto patients’ skin after having done series of small cuts. Avicenna described the effectiveness of using cups for “curing bad blood”, which were popular in Arabic countries. Therapists of Ancient China used cups in combinations with acupuncture. In Russia, cup massage was often used to fight respiratory diseases and their consequences.

Application of cup massage

Cup massage can be performed on almost all areas of human body. Most often cup massage is used to massage back, chest, limbs, and even face. Cup massage in the facial area is recommended after the paralysis of facial nerves and also with a cosmetic purpose. The procedure starts and ends with classical manual massage techniques.

Cup massage efficiency

The effect of the cupping massage resembles that of a tissue massage and also plays a role of a vascular gymnastics of some kind. Cup massage is very effective for eliminating stasis and improving blood and lymph circulation.

Cup massage results:

  • systolic pressure decreases;

  • pulse rate returns back to normal;

  • biochemical processes inside the body
    show positive changes;

  • microcirculation of blood and lymph improves;

  • metabolic processes become more active;

  • the overall state of patient's health improves;

  • stasis is eliminated.

As a result of cup massage, extravasation often appears under the skin.
It refers to the movement of white blood cells from the capillaries to the tissues surrounding it.

They are important, as they help diagnosticating process and show the patient's progress.