What is Cupping Massage?

By: Maria Murchie, RMT, Jan 19, 2016
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Cupping Massage, Maria Murchie RMT Hamilton

How does Cupping Massage work?

Cupping Massage brings in the ancient art of cupping to the modern day massage practice. The modality allows for a unique approach to the fascia ( the layer between muscle and skin ) and body fluids. Cupping has an ability to affect deeper tissue, remove fascial restrictions, and increase range of motion, with little stress on the therapists’ hands.

The cups are made of plastic and rubber with a mechanical suction device to create the suction to lift the skin. The cups are very hygienic and easy to clean.

Cupping is a technique whereby a vacuum is created in a cup, drawing the skin up into the cup and separating the layers of superficial fascia. The suction draws the blood to the skin level, creating a vacuum below the skin and causes new blood to rush in below, removing stagnation. After removing the cups a bruise like appearance will stay for 5-7 days. It is not a painful experience, but during the time the cups are on the body, there is a slight burning sensation depending how tight the fascia is adhered to the skin. For a more intense treatment, the cups can be dragged along the skins surface.

Maria Murchie, RMT, resident of Hamilton, Ontario, always knew she wanted to be in the health field, however at a young age she learned that she had a blood phobia, so she was forced to rethink her nursing career. Massage seemed to be a hemoglobin free alternative and it has been for the last 6 years.
 
A graduate of the Canadian Therapeutic College 2004, and a member of the Canadian Massage Therapists of Ontario since 2005, Maria enjoys finding new therapies and new places to travel, to become more educated in the massage therapy field. Just recently Maria travelled to St. Petersburg, Florida to educate herself on the BAMBOO FUSION massage, and is excited to bring this latest therapy to her clients in Canada.