Cupping has been around for a long time and is an ancient form of alternative medicine. As a massage therapist I use two methods of cupping (Vacuum and massage) and depends on various reasons and situations.
Vacuum cupping therapy is what most people see on athlete’s that have the circles on their body parts. The circles made by either Vacuum cupping or something called ‘Dry’ cupping. People use it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage. I have tried using cups on many areas and I feel the best luck I’ve had with them is the general relaxation down the entire back.
For tightness or various injuries I have had really good success with the hip, hamstring, calf, shoulder girdle, and quad.
Massage cupping therapy uses pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscle upward and the purpose is to enhance circulation, helps relieve pain, and to remove “heat” and pull out the toxins that linger in the body’s tissues. Silicon cups is what I would recommend for this type of cupping. The vacuum cups can pull the skin and because they are plastic they tend to hurt the client more.
I like Massage cupping on ITB and especially hamstrings or the calf. I also use massage on mid to low back when it seems like regular massage hasn’t helped.
Products that I recommend and use on a regular basis.
Massage Cupping kit
Cellulite Massage Cupping kit
Vacuum Cupping kit
Basics of Cupping Book