Cupping Therapy

Jill is now certified in Contemporary Cupping Methods through the International Cupping Therapy Association ( She uses traditional fire cupping methods with glass cups as well as contemporary cupping with Baguanfa Silicone Cups and Kangzhu Biomagnetic plastic cups.

The use of cupping therapies has been multi-cultural, with clear records from Egypt, China and Greece dating back to as early as 1,500 B.C. It spread through Africa and the eastern European cultures, and was also used by the natives of America. American doctors carried cupping sets into the early 20th century.

This therapy utilizes glass, plastic, or silicon cups to create suction or negative pressure on the body surface.  These cups are moved over the skin using gliding, shaking, popping and rotating techniques while gently pulling up on the cup, and are parked for a short time (5 – 20 minutes) to facilitate joint mobilization or soft tissue release.  This suction can reach deep into the soft tissue or can work superficially to pull inflammation and toxins toward the surface so that the skin and lymphatic system can readily eliminate them. Scar tissues often release quickly, despite the age of the injury or keloid tendencies.

One of the most amazing aspects of this technique is the "separation" that the vacuum produces in up to four inches of tissue layers. This enables water absorption and renewed blood flow to undernourished and dehydrated tissues. The suction cups rapidly facilitate rigid soft tissue release, loosen and lift connective tissue, break up and drain stagnation while increasing blood and lymph flow to skin and muscles in ways not possible using compression.

Cupping is a powerful detoxifying, pain relieving and energy building modality that people all over the world use for health maintenance. But there are also a huge number of conditions that respond positively to cupping including respiratory conditions, chronic pain, headaches, back/shoulder pain, range of motion/joint mobility issues, arthritis, sciatica, poor circulation, fibromyalgia, asthma, lymphatic drainage, scar tissue, and many more.

One of the common and unfortunate misconceptions concerning cupping is the misinterpretation of the discoloration. “Bruising” is caused by impact trauma with breakage of capillaries and reactionary rush of fluids to the damaged area from the tissue compression/injury. There is no compression in properly employed suction cup therapy. Although it is quite common during Stationary Cupping (left static for 5 - 20 minutes) to achieve dramatic 'marks' or 'discolorations', the less aggressive action of moving the cups, minimizes the intensity and duration of the discolorations.

Often, when a condition exists within deeper structures where sufficient pathological factors and stagnant fluids (toxins, blood and lymph) are dredged up during treatment, discoloration will appear on the skin. This is the therapeutically desired effect – the more this is visible, the greater the level of stagnation and toxicity. The discoloration will fade over a few days. As treatments cumulate and the release of stagnation and buildup has been thixolated, dispersed and drained (usually by the 3rd or 4th treatment), no discoloration is likely to occur at all, even though each time the cupping may have been focused on the same area for the same duration and with the same amount of negative pressure. This is clearly the result of having internal unwanted toxins systematically purged.  If there is concern about having discolorations on you, then suction cup therapy is not for you.


Massage Procedure Fees - All Procedures By Appointment Only

30 Minute: $60.00
60 Minute: $80.00
90 Minute: $110.00


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