Cupping is the latest trend in the land of massage. Top athletes in particular seem to embrace this technique. It stimulates blood circulation and also reduces persistent muscle tension. Leiden Spa Massages and Rituals would like to introduce you to this versatile massage technique!
What exactly is cupping massage?
During cupping, (hot) cups are vacuumed onto the skin. The glass cup is the most characteristic material but the cups may also be made of plastic, of silicone material or of bamboo. The suction technique draws the skin upwards and blood is directed to the affected area. The goal is to stimulate circulation thus loosening both muscles and the connective tissue. At first glance, cupping would seem to be a typically popular massage technique belonging to the 21st century. This, however, is only a part of the story. Cupping is an ancient alternative treatment which originated in traditional Chinese medicine. Cupping massages were used to combat pain and skin conditions. In Europe in the Middle Ages you could go for a cupping massage in some of the Dutch bath houses!
Cupping is ideal for such complaints as stiff muscles, injuries, back, neck and shoulder trouble and also inevitably for stress.
Either wet cupping or dry cupping may be applied. The most common method, which we also use in our practice, is dry cupping. Dry cupping creates negative pressure between the skin and the cup. The air is removed from under the cup by means of a pump. The cups remain in place for approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
After the treatment, reddened skin or bruising often develops where the cup has been. This is unattractive but is completely harmless. The skin resumes its normal colour naturally after a few days. Unlike wet cupping, there aren’t any cuts in the skin. It makes the treatment a lot more relaxing and there is no risk of infection.
Cupping has both a healing and a relaxing effect
Cupping therapy has many advantages. In the first place, the suction boosts the circulation which results in healthy, radiant skin. It ensures that oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream more efficiently and that waste products (toxins) from the muscles and organs are removed more thoroughly. Cupping massage may be seen as detoxing the body. It effectively reduces the stiffness, tension and knots in your muscles. Did you know that the cupping massage is often combined with connective tissue massage to counteract cellulite? In addition, cupping has the following beneficial effects:
- Loosening adhesions
- Reducing pain and swelling
- Draining moisture and waste
- Ensuring faster muscle recovery after exercise
- Stimulating collagen production and
- Activating metabolism in the skin
Finally, cupping is a very relaxing treatment. The cupping therapy not only reduces your complaints, but also ensures complete relaxation. If you feel more comfortable with a more traditional massage technique with hot stones instead of cups, then book a hot stone massage which is also effective for back pain, adhesions and stiff muscles.