This technique can be used over the entire body to work on sore, achy muscles. Cupping is a therapeutic massage technique that uses suction in order to get deep within the body’s tissues to lift and separate fascia.
Since the cupping technique uses a negative pressure, rather than a tissue compression, a spectrum of modalities, ranging from Myofascial Release (MFR), to deep tissue work, and Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is easily accomplished. The suction of the cups rapidly facilitates rigid soft tissue by stretching it up from underlying structures. It then loosens the areas of adhesion or restriction which activates muscle spindle reflexes that forces the contractile tissue to relax and thus retraining the myofascial structures.
Further, its the activation of the secretion of synovial fluids that aid in the release of joint stiffness in ways not otherwise possible with the traditional massage pressure points and techniques. It concurrently creates localized expansion of tissue, producing a profound vasodilatation reaction which draws blood flow to areas of ischemic pain. This also raises the skin temperature, promotes metabolism within the skin tissue for better functioning of sweat and sebaceous glands, flushes capillary beds, drains stagnant blood, toxins and lymph and re-supplies vital nutrients to the system.