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Updated: Sep 5, 2019

Nikolce Ilievski, RMT - Registered Massage Therapist & Cupping Therapy Practitioner


What is cupping?

Cupping is a technique where a vacuum is created in a cup which forces the underlying skin and muscles up into the cup, decompressing the layers of the epidermis and subcutaneous superficial fascia. Cupping is often applied by using plastic cups and a manual hand-pump to create a vacuum. The vacuum draws the soft tissue perpendicular to the skin, providing a tense force which can be left in one site for approximately 5-15 minutes or moved along the tissue. This therapy is widely used by a variety of sports professional and Olympians.

Areas of Treatment

The most commonly treated area is the back. However, legs, knees, chest and shoulders are common as well. For most people, the suction of the cups does not hurt. Most find the sensation pleasant and sort of a release. Once the cups are removed, there may be a resulting reddening of the skin that can last from a couple hours to a couple of weeks.

cupping bruises

Benefits of Cupping:

  • Enhances circulation by activating blood vessels in the muscles and increasing blood flow to a particular location

  • Aids in muscular recovery

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Begins the healing and regeneration processes by removing toxins and dead cells

  • Provides a feeling of relief from physical and emotional tensions

  • Warms the skin and softens tissues to regain elasticity

If you would like to book a cupping massage appointment with Nik, please call us at 905.465.4595.

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