When decorated swimmer, Michael Phelps, competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics, many were quick to notice purple, circular marks on various parts of his body. He cited that the ancient healing art of cupping therapy was responsible for helping him get through the physical demands of training.

And so a revolution sprung. Although cupping therapy has been a longtime form of healing in the Eastern realm, it has only recently made its way to Western mainstream. 

Today, we will explore the benefits of myofascial cupping therapy. 

What is Myofascial Cupping Therapy?

Cupping is an alternative form of therapy that is used to help promote circulation and provide pain relief from releasing muscle tension. Using the suction of the cups, it is placed on various parts of the body that are associated with promoting muscle relief. 

From a traditional Chinese medicine method, cupping therapy is used to increase Qi (pronounced “chi”), which is also known as life force that flows through the blood. Cupping therapy can be used alone or as part of a registered massage therapy treatment. 

The effects and benefits vary with each individual, so it is important to seek a certified cupping massage therapist. 

The Benefits of Myofascial Cupping Therapy

  • Increased circulation, metabolic response, digestion, and lymphatic flow.
  • Reduced muscle discomfort, tension, and stress.
  • Increased feelings of relaxation and well-being.
  • Decreased headaches and mental fatigue.
  • Increased range of motion and decreased myofascial restrictions.

What are these circular marks?

Sometimes cupping can leave circular, reddish purple marks that can take up to a week to fade away. These can result from stagnated blood being pulled to the surface and is one of the ways that helps to indicate that the treatment is successful. These marks should not be painful or tender to the touch.

If you are looking for a myofascial cupping massage therapist in Burlington, contact us today for more information.

What to expect during your appointment with Vanesa Sale, RMT

Vanesa takes a holistic approach to cupping therapy; whether used alone or as part of your registered massage therapy treatment, she will first conduct a thorough health assessment to ensure that you are indicated for myofascial cupping therapy. 

Your treatment also includes a personalized self-care plan to help take your treatment further.

Book your appointment with Vanesa here.