Massage, Bodywork, Health and Fitness

Cupping Massage

Have you had cupping with your massage yet?

Suction cups long used in traditional Chinese medicine are now being used in massage therapy. I had experienced moving cups as they call it in acupuncture and found it very beneficial for increasing circulation and improving how I felt. This approach does not leave the dark circles that look like bruises which is nice to not be marked up and have everyone ask you what happened.

We have begun to incorporate cupping with our massages since we have found it very effective. Most of our clients find it a less painful tool for myofascial release.

Why would you want to have cupping done? 

The benefits derived from creating a localized vacuum (negative pressure) are different then the benefits derived from manual tissue manipulation (positive pressure), pressure point release, stretching and relaxation work.

The vacuum created by the suction effect of the cups increases blood and lymphatic circulation systemically and locally, relaxes muscle and connective tissue, draws out “stagnation”, pathogenic factors and toxins from the tissues and releases a myriad of pain causing factors…and that is in addition to the physiological and relaxation of other massage techniques makes it the perfect compliment

Massage cups

Benefits of cupping

  • Increased blood flow
  • Improved lymph circulation
  • Reduction of pain
  • Release adhesions
  • Release tight contracted muscles
  • Body contouring
  • Detoxification

We use very safe silicon cups that work super well on all areas of the body with ease of application and without applying too much suction. We have found them the best option around for our clients.

Some of the areas we love to use the cups on are the tight erector spinea muscles, the traps and rhomboids and especially the IT bands. The cups help release the tight top layers of the muscles so we can get to the deeper layers as quickly as possible.

Cupping has recently been seen in the news and used by celebrities.

This is cupping therapy, a millennia-old technique in Chinese medicine — also employed for decades in the United States under the category of alternative care — chiefly sought out to relieve aches and pains and increase circulation. – from article in San Jose Mercury News







Massage Works Los Gatos offers massage therapy that does just that, it works, to help you get relief from chronic or acute pain as well as stress and strain. Our mission is to help active women and men incorporate massage as part of a healthy lifestyle to live with positive energy and vitality. Our skilled massage therapists help you get relief from problems such as headaches, carpal tunnel, knee pain and sciatica.

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