Four Reasons Why You Should Try Cupping

Are you still on the fence about cupping? We’ve already explained a bit about what cupping is and how it works, so now let’s look at some of the key reasons why you should try it. Don’t be put off by the weird marks it can leave behind – these are temporary and should not be painful. Here are a few reasons why you should try cupping.

1. Relieves Pain

Like any massage technique, cupping is a great method of pain relief. It increases blood flow to the treated areas, helping to speed up healing and recovery as a result. Cupping can also help to break down adhesions like knots and scar tissue in and around muscles, which helps to relieve stiffness and related pain. Back pain, shoulder pain, headaches, and arthritis are just a few conditions that can be helped by cupping.

2. Promotes Relaxation

Another commonality of massage in general, cupping is ideal for relaxation. The increase in blood flow helps you physically relax by removing any tension you may have. It also has relaxing and stress relieving effects on your mind, helping you to rest and relax, and even promoting better sleep. You might even find yourself nodding off on the table during your treatment.

3. Supports the Immune System

As well as promoting blood circulation around your body and to affected areas, cupping also helps to move lymphatic fluid around your body. With these two factors combined, cupping helps to boost your immune system and prevent or relieve symptoms related to asthma, the common cold, allergies, chronic coughs, and more.

4. Improves skin

Another benefit of increased blood flow is that it is great for your skin. The increased blood flow and the oxygen and nutrients delivered in the blood help to tighten the skin, improving areas like stretch marks and cellulite. Your massage therapist may also use essential oils in the cupping treatment, which have lots of their own benefits on your skin. The heat used in the cupping treatment (to create the vacuum within the cups) is also beneficial, promoting the renewal of skin cells.

If you’re ready to give a cupping massage a try, then you can book an appointment with Moonstone Massage in Winston Salem, NC. Or you can get in touch to find out about our other treatments, from deep tissue massage to reflexology, and lots more in between.


How to Know if Deep Tissue Massage is Right for You

Lots of people praise deep tissue massage for its relaxation, healing, and health-boosting properties. Other people worry that it is too rough and can be painful. So, with so many different types of massage to choose from, how do you know if deep tissue massage is the right one for you. Here are some common questions people ask when they’re wondering the same thing…

Is deep tissue massage painful?

This is the top reason for avoiding deep tissue massage, but it is mostly misunderstood. Massage therapists will tailor the pressure they apply based on your preference and tolerance levels. If you’re in pain during a massage, then you will subconsciously tense up your muscles, which will make the massage less effective. So, it is not in the massage therapist’s best interests to put you through pain.

Many people, especially if it’s their first time, will keep quiet if they are in pain on the massage table, too embarrassed to admit it. This means your therapist won’t necessarily know that they need to adjust the pressure, unless they feel your muscles tensing up. It is important to communicate with your massage therapist to give you the most effective and comfortable experience possible.

Is it the same as Swedish massage?

Deep tissue massage is often confused with Swedish massage, probably because these are the most commonly referred to massage types. They do use similar massage techniques involving kneading the muscles and fascia. Swedish massage typically works the whole body, whereas deep tissue massage may target a specific problem area. Swedish massage also tends to use lighter touches than deep tissue massage.

Is deep tissue massage relaxing?

If you’re solely looking for a relaxing massage experience, then Swedish massage is probably better suited to you. However, many people do find deep tissue massage to be a relaxing experience, as long as you communicate with your therapist about the pressure levels and target areas. It certainly has relaxation effects in the hours and days after your massage.

What can deep tissue massage treat?

As well as its relaxation benefits, deep tissue massage is a great option for pain relief. It is an effective treatment for those suffering from chronic pain or a variety of ailments, such as carpal tunnel, fibromyalgia, whiplash, sports injuries, and tension headaches. Common pain and tension in the neck and back can be treated with either Swedish massage or deep tissue massage.

If deep tissue massage sounds like the perfect treatment for you, then you can book a massage with us in Winston Salem, NC. Get in touch if you have any more questions about deep tissue massage.