6 Things to Know Before You Try Cupping

The term “cupping” may sound strange, but it’s actually an effective and relaxing form of table massage. If you’re completely new to the cupping therapy, then you can read our blog which introduces you to this technique. If you’re already up to speed and are thinking of going for your first treatment, then here are a few things you should know before you go.

It’s a short treatment

If you’re hoping to relax on a massage table for an hour or more, then cupping isn’t the answer. Or, you can combine cupping with another complementary treatment to extend your spa time. The entire treatment tends to last between 10-20 minutes only. It’s perfect if you’re trying to fit a massage treatment into a busy schedule.

It might feel unusual

Having cups suck your skin into a vacuum, unsurprisingly, might feel a little strange. Some people describe it as an uncomfortable feeling, but it should not be painful. Others enjoy the feeling and don’t find it uncomfortable at all.

Not everyone gets those weird marks

You’ve probably seen pictures of people with horrific-looking circular “bruises” as a result of cupping therapy. These aren’t actually bruises but simply a result of the increased blood flow to the area. They shouldn’t hurt like bruises either. These marks will vary from one person to the next. Some will have very light marks that fade quickly while others might not see marks at all. They are likely to be darker the first time you get cupping and may be lighter with each treatment.

The marks will fade

If you do walk away with big, red, circular marks all over your body, don’t worry. They will fade pretty quickly over the next few days and should disappear completely in less than two weeks. If you’re self-conscious about how they look, then don’t get cupping therapy right before you go on a beach holiday.

You can get cupping all over your body

Cupping therapy is most often associated with the back, but it can be performed along the arms and legs, too. This can be helpful in treating specific problems like knee or shoulder pain, or for helping specific muscles recover.

It’s a job for a professional

Cupping is a completely safe form of treatment in the hands of a properly trained, professional massage therapist, but it should not be tried by an amateur using DIY methods. When done incorrectly, cupping can cause burns and blisters as a result of improper technique or leaving the cups on for too long.

If you’re interested in trying cupping therapy for the first time (or if you’re a regular), then Moonstone Massage. You can contact us if you have any more questions about cupping or you can book a massage online.