Cupping Massage In Edmonton

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What is cupping?

Another type of alternative therapy that is originated in China is cupping. This therapy involves placing cups on the skin to create suction that may facilitate healing with blood flow. Also, it is claimed that the suction helps facilitate the flow of QI (life force)in the body. Ge Hong, a famous Taoist alchemist and herbalist, reportedly first practiced cupping between A.D. 281 to 341. This is why a lot taoists believe that cupping assists balance yin and yang, (the negative and positive), within the body. Restoring balance between these two extremes is said to be helpful in  the body’s resistance to pathogens and also its ability to increase blood flow and reduce pain.

Cupping therapy promotes blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed, resulting in. relieving muscle tension, which can promote overall blood flow and cell repair. Also, It may  help shape new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue. Cupping therapy is used to complement care for a host of issues and conditions.

What are the different types of cupping?

Cupping was firstly performed using animal horns and later, the cups were made from bamboo and now ceramic. Also, the suction was firstly created through the use of heat and the cups were originally heated with fire and then applied to the skin. As the cups cooled, they drew the skin inside.


Today, cupping is mostly performed using glass cups that are rounded  and open on one end. basically, there are two main categories of cupping performed today:

  1. Dry cupping is a suction-only procedure.
  2. Wet cupping may include both suction and controlled medicinal bleeding.


Your therapsit, medical condition, and your preferences will assist determine what method is sutable.

What should I expect During Cupping Procedure?

During the cupping procedure, a cup is placed on the skin and then suctioned onto the skin. This cups are often heated with fire using alcohol, herbs, or paper that is inserted directly into the cup. When the fire source is removed, the heated cup is placed with the open side directly on your skin.


Today, cupping practitioners are now using rubber pumps to create suction compared to more traditional heat methods. When the hot cup is placed on the skin, the air inside the cup cools and make a vacuum that draws the skin and muscle inside the cup. The skin might turn red as the blood vessels will react to the change in pressure. During dry cupping, the cup is set in place for a set time, mainly 5 to 10 minutes. But, during wet cupping, cups are usually only in place for a few minutes before they are removed and the practitioner will make a small incision to draw blood.

What conditions can cupping treat?

A wide variety of conditions have been treated using cupping treatment. It may be particularly helpful at easing conditions that create muscle aches and pains. While the cups can be applied to major acupressure points, the practice is mostly effective at treating digestive issues, skin issues, and other conditions commonly treated with acupressure.

According to experts, cupping therapy’s healing power may be more than just a placebo effect. Research shows that cupping therapy may help with the following conditions:

  • Migraines
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Skin Problems
  • Rheumatic Diseases
  • Fertility Issues

However,  most of the 135 studies they reviewed contain a high level of bias, according to authors. This is why more studies are required to assess the true effectiveness of cupping.

Preparing for your cupping appointment

Cupping is a ancient treatment that may assist ease the symptoms of both temporary and chronic health conditions.  Just like other alternative therapies, make sure that there have not been extensive studies performed without bias to fully assess its true effectiveness.

If you opt for cupping, consider using it as a complement to your current doctor visits, not as a substitute. Some of things to consider before beginning cupping therapy:     

  • What conditions does the cupping therapist specialize in treating?
  • What method of cupping does the therapist use?
  • Is the facility clean and also does the therapist implement safety measurements?
  • Does the therapist have any certifications?
  • Do you have any condition that may benefit from cupping?

Before you start any alternative therapy, make sure your doctor know that you are planning to incorporate it into your treatment plan. Search for a massage therapist through one of the Edmonton massage associations.

Dr. Song Acupuncture and Massage clinic always have experienced and certified massage therapists available for you.  Feel free call or book online for your massage therapist near you.