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Cupping

Cupping is the application of a special cup to the skin to create a vacuum, gently pulling up the skin and connective tissue (fascia). It is a popular technique used to relieve pain, decrease muscle tension, promote circulation and much more.

Cupping is a relaxing treatment that can feel like a deep tissue massage, but in reverse. Cups are commonly placed along the neck, shoulders, back, and legs.

A cupping session can leave temporary red or purple marks which last 2- 5 days.  The darker the marks, the more blood stagnation there is in that area.  Stagnation of blood is a result of tense, overworked, and fatigued muscles. With blood stagnation comes pain, and cupping is a very effective tool to reduce this stagnation.


Some of the benefits of Cupping include:

  • Accelerates tissue repair
  • Relieves pain
  • Promotes circulation
  • Reduces muscle tension
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Improves lymphatic flow
  • Treats cough & chronic asthma

Cupping Resources

National Board of Certified Acupuncturists

The Science of Cupping

Physiotherapy Alberta College & Association

What is Cupping and Does it Work?

Time Magazine

What is Cupping? Here’s what you need to know.