Myofascial Cupping is a modified version of the ancient Eastern style Cupping.

It differs by specifically targeting the Musculo-Skeletal system rather than the meridian systems used by traditional Chinese practitioners. It also ONLY uses plastic cups and vacuum suction and not glass cups and a naked flame to create suction.

A hand operated vacuum pump is used to induce a vacuum inside a cylinder sealed to the skin by the use of oil or cream. The vacuum 'draws' the soft tissue perpendicular to the skin thus providing a tensile force to the soft tissue system, which can be left in one site for a prolonged period or moved along the tissue.

Cupping can be done on any part of the body that has enough skin to support the cups.

Gliding and stationary movements are the two main types of myofascial cupping techniques.

A topical liniment or ointment is rubbed on the skin and the cups are guided gently across treatment areas.

Stationary cupping happens when one or more cups are attached to the treatment zone for approximately 5-10 minutes, then removed

Myofascial (Connective Tissue) Massage


A form of massage that specifically manipulates the connective tissues (e.g., fascia, ligaments and tendons of the musculoskeletal system), with the aim of enhancing circulation and, by extension, healing. 

It has two major physical effects: increase in blood and lymph circulation & relaxation and normalization of the soft tissue (muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments), which releases nerves and deeper connective tissues.

The relaxation response may decrease the physical effects of stress and reduce the risks associated with stress, such as hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, anxiety, insomnia, persistent fatigue, sexual dysfunction, digestive disorders, and psychological issues.

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