So what exactly is Myofascial Cupping? What are the markings? And what exactly does it do?
I did my myofascial cupping course back in February at The Cotswold Academy and really enjoy adding these into my treatments to reduce chronic tightness. I thought I would write a post answering the really common questions I get asked on the daily about why, when and what Myofascial Cupping actually is.
1. Where did Cupping come from?
There are many forms of cupping therapies such as fire cupping and vacuum cupping (this is what I do). But all of these cupping techniques are all derived from ancient Chinese medicine. The vacuum cupping is the western version and was brought to the mainstream thanks to Michael Phelps showing up to the Olympics covered in marks in 2016. Since then this form of treatment for chronic tightness has blown up!
2. What is it actually doing?
Through the vacuuming of the skin the cups are creating negative decompression. Decompressing all of the layers of skin, fascia (connective tissue) and muslce allows and increases in blood and lymphatic flow to the area. This gives the soft tissue the ability to release. Cupping is a really great on chronically tight areas that massage may struggle to touch. You may also see them being used with movement like in my video down below. By moving the muscles underneath it increases the stretch put onto the muscles.
3. What are the marks left behind? And are they bruises?
Through the decompression of the layers of skin as mentioned above, blood rises to the surface of skin. If you think back to High School and think of a hickey/love bite more than a bruise that is caused by force. The coloration left behind is also an indication to how the area is doing. The darker the marks the more issues happening below the skin.
4. Does it hurt?
This is a question I get all of the time. It doesn’t hurt but it can feel slightly strange as the cups are pulling the skin/tissues. After the treatment the spots may feel slightly tender, but it shouldn’t hurt like a bruise.
So, there are a few questions that I regularly get asked if you have any other burning cupping questions make sure to leave a comment below or drop me a message on my social medias.
I offer standalone half hour cupping sessions for £20. Or this can be added onto a 1hr sports massage treatment. Head over to my get in touch page to message me about a session.
Thanks for taking a look,