Cupping Massage Calgary
30 mins ~ $64 | 45 mins ~ $82 | 60 mins ~ $99 | 75 mins ~ $119 | 90 mins ~ $134
Cupping (sometimes referred to as ‘vacuum massage’) is an ancient Chinese method of causing local congestion. A partial vacuum is created in cups (either glass or plastic) when placed on the skin, either by means of heat or suction. This practice draws up the underlying tissues, and when left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place.
Cupping therapy has been further developed as a means to open the ‘Meridians’ of the body. Meridians are the channels through which energy flows to every part of the body; every organ and tissue. There are five meridians on the back that, when opened, allow revitalizing energy to travel the whole length of the body. Cupping is probably the best way of opening these meridians.
Cupping has also been found to have an effect on the body up to four inches into the tissues; causing tissues to release toxins, radicals, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages; help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries; activate the skin; clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins.
Cupping, the technique, is very useful and very safe. It can, however, cause some swelling and discoloration on the skin. As the skin under a cup is drawn up, the blood vessels at the surface of the skin expand. This may result in small, circular crimson red, rose, to light pink on the areas where the cups were applied. These are usually painless, disappear within a few days of treatment, and are NOT bruises.
Cupping should not be used on you if you have: areas of skin which are inflamed; a high fever; convulsions or cramping; easy bleeding; or if you are pregnant.
Should you have any questions or would like to book a Cupping Massage treatment with us, please contact us or drop by our Panorama Hills location. We would be happy to consult you with your needs.
Cupping therapy might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C. by creating suction for tissue massage. It has also been known as Fire cupping.
What Does the Research Show?
There haven’t been many scientific studies on cupping.
One report, published in 2015 in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, notes that it could help with acne, herpes zoster, and pain management.
That’s similar to the findings from a 2012 report, published in PLoS One. Australian and Chinese researchers reviewed 135 studies on cupping. They concluded that cupping therapy may be effective when people also get other treatments, like acupuncture or medications, for various diseases and conditions, such as:
- Herpes zoster
- Facial paralysis
- Cervical spondylosis
Frequently Asked Questions
Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This may relieve muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It may also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue.
How often should I get cupping? For clients with intense chronic issues, 1-2 times a week. If the client has less serious issues: once a month should be perfect.
Cupping invigorates local circulation of qi and blood in the area being treated, resolving swelling, pain, and tension. By drawing impurities to the surface, it removes toxins. From a Western physiology perspective, cupping loosens connective tissue or fascia and stimulated blood flow to the surface.
In 2015, a small pilot study investigated cupping for cellulite. The research involved 40 healthy female participants. The researchers found that dry-moving cupping therapy applied 10 times on each thigh for 5 weeks effectively decreased the grade of cellulite.
Cupping is used to treat pain, ease scar tissue deep within muscles and connective tissues, and reduce swelling and muscle knots.
The cups are placed on trigger points such as knots or swollen muscles. Cupping can be used to treat pinched nerves, tight muscles or back pain.