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🌿Exploring Touch: PART 4: Myofascial Cupping Massage🌿

Updated: May 19

Today brings us the fourth modality in our massage series, myofascial cupping massage, following on from our recent discussions on deep tissue massage, sports massage, and relaxation massage. Join us this week to discover how myofascial cupping can add a new dimension to your wellness routine.

🌿 THE BASICS: What is Myofascial Cupping Massage?

An RMT creates suction with a silicone cup in a myofascial cupping massage

Myofascial Cupping Massage is an innovative therapy that combines ancient cupping techniques with modern understanding of the musculoskeletal system. Unlike traditional massage techniques that apply pressure, cupping uses negative pressure by creating a suction effect to lift the tissues.

This suction effect from the cups has a dual action on the body. Firstly, it draws blood to the surface, increasing the blood flow to the area and enhancing circulation. This influx of blood brings with it nutrients and oxygen, vital components for healing and tissue repair. Secondly, the lifting action of the suction helps to stretch and loosen the fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds and supports muscles. This release of tension in the fascia can lead to significant improvements in mobility and pain relief.


The technique of Myofascial Cupping involves placing specially designed cups made of glass or silicone on the skin's surface, targeting areas of tension and discomfort. The therapist then creates suction within these cups, either using a pump or by briefly heating the inside of the cup to create a vacuum as it cools. This suction gently lifts the skin and superficial layers of muscle and fascia, creating a distinctive pulling sensation that distinguishes cupping from traditional massage therapies. The cups are either left in place for several minutes or moved along the body in a gliding motion, depending on the treatment goals. This method not only facilitates deep tissue healing but also encourages lymphatic drainage and promotes the flow of energy, or Qi, through the body's meridians, according to traditional Chinese medicine principles.


  • Deep Tissue Therapy: The suction reaches deep into the muscle and connective tissues to release tension and break up deep scar tissue, more effectively than traditional massage techniques alone.

  • Detoxification: By bringing blood to the surface, cupping helps to remove toxins from the body tissues, promoting a healthier, more vibrant tissue environment.

  • Pain Relief: Many users report immediate relief from chronic pain conditions following a cupping session, thanks to the reduction in muscle tension and increased blood flow.

  • Improved Mobility: The release of fascial restrictions can lead to an improved range of motion and flexibility, making it easier to engage in daily activities and exercise.


Myofascial cupping treatment using glass cups
  • Individuals with Chronic Muscle Tension: Those who suffer from persistent muscle stiffness and pain, especially in the back, neck, and shoulders, can find relief through cupping.

  • Athletes: Sports enthusiasts and athletes often use cupping as part of their recovery regimen to alleviate muscle soreness and improve flexibility.

  • People with Restricted Movement: Conditions such as frozen shoulder or post-surgical stiffness can be effectively managed with cupping, helping to restore movement.

  • Anyone Seeking Alternative Pain Relief: Individuals looking for non-pharmacological options to manage pain may find cupping a beneficial addition to their wellness routine.

Myofascial Cupping Massage stands out as a unique and effective technique for addressing deep-seated tension and promoting healing.  The distinctive method of creating suction to lift and manipulate the fascia opens up new pathways for treating chronic tension and improving mobility. Whether you're an athlete looking to enhance recovery or someone navigating the challenges of chronic pain, Myofascial Cupping presents a therapeutic option worth exploring. Its ability to address deep-seated issues and promote a holistic sense of well-being makes it a valuable addition to any wellness regimen, especially for those seeking innovative and effective relief.


Stay with us as we next warm up to the soothing benefits of hot stone massage, a technique that combines heat and touch for deep muscle relaxation!

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