New to cupping?
Give it try for FREE. Cupping is so beneficial that I want you to experience it at least once. For first time cuppers, I will include cupping add-on with your session for free ($10 value). Just mention you’re a first time cupper when you book your massage in the appointment notes. Discount will be applied at visit. Only valid with massage sessions with cupping. Cannot be combined with other discounts.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which special cups get placed on your skin for a few minutes to help with:
- Pain relief
- Range of motion
- Sports injuries
- Boost immunity when sick, *may reduce length of cold
- Removal of toxins from the body to promote healing
There are a few different methods of cupping. Fire cupping is the main method used at GalactiCenter Bodyworks. Fire cupping involves the use of a flame to heat the inside of the glass cup and then immediately placed on the body. This causes a vacuum where the muscle tissues get drawn into the cup, which can lift up to 2-4 inches. Stationary cups may sit for 5-15 minutes to get the benefits listed above. Depending on the muscle tissues, moving cups may also be recommended. Silicon cups and suction cups with a pumping gun may also be used for joints and other difficult areas. Each treatment is unique to your body on that particular day.
Prior to cupping:
Make sure you’ve eaten something during the day before your treatment and bring a snack for after. Depending on where you want cupping done, wear/bring clothing that’ll will cover the cupped areas to avoid any draft, wind or cold. Cupping opens the pores and the channels, making the body vulnerable to attack from outside influence like wind and cold.
What you’ll feel:
You usually will feel a tight sensation in the area the cup is placed. Often, this sensation is a new experience so the body may tense up with the first cup, after a few seconds it’ll begin to relax where some may find it soothing. You may feel some itchiness, which can be caused by the tissue experiencing increased blood flow to the area.
Cupping causes the skin to temporarily turn red, blue or purple, especially if there is an injury or energetic blockage under the area that was treated. The skin discoloration can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks and can feel sore for the first few days but is rarely painful. Be sure to drink plenty of water to aid the body in flushing out any trapped toxins. Staying hydrated for 24-48 is a must for after-care.
Avoid vigorous exercise immediately after the session. Walking, stretching or gentle yoga are great options if you want to move after your session.
Stay warm but not too warm. Avoid hot tub, sauna, steam room, hot bath/shower for at least 24 hours after your session.
And rest. Your body will get put to work, flushing all the toxins and taking in more energy/blood flow.