Cupping massage

Cupping is the latest trend in massage land. Top athletes in particular seem to be embracing this massage technique. It stimulates circulation and also reduces persistent muscle tension. Leiden Spa massages and rituals is happy to introduce you to this versatile massage technique!


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What exactly is cupping massage?

Cupping involves vacuuming (hot) cups onto the skin. The glass variant cup is the most typical for cupping, but these can also be plastic, silicone or bamboo. The suction technique lifts the skin and sucks the blood to the affected area. The aim: to stimulate blood flow and massage muscles and connective tissue loose. At first glance, cupping seems like a typical, popular massage technique of the 21st century. However, the opposite is true. It is an age-old alternative medicine that has its origins in traditional Chinese medicine. People turned to cupping massages to treat pain and skin conditions. In Dutch bathhouses, you could go for a cupping massage as early as the Middle Ages!

In general, two different cupping treatment methods can be distinguished: dry cupping and wet cupping. The most common method, which we also use in our practice, is dry cupping. In dry cupping, negative pressure is created between the skin and the cup. Using a pump, the air under the cup is removed. The cups remain in place for about 10 to 15 minutes. 

After treatment, red or blue spots often appear in the shape of the cup. These spots are not very pretty, but are harmless. They disappear on their own after a few days. Unlike with wet cupping, no small incisions are made in the skin. This makes the treatment much more relaxing and there is no risk of infection.

Cupping is ideally suited for complaints such as stuck muscles, injuries, back, neck and shoulder pain and stress

Cupping has a healing and relaxing effect

Cupping therapy has many benefits. Firstly, the suction boosts blood circulation. Good circulation is crucial for healthy, glowing skin. It allows oxygen to be better absorbed into the blood and for more effective removal of waste products (toxins) from the muscles and organs. You can think of cupping massage as a detox for the body. The deep action of cupping thereby reduces stubborn muscle tension and knots. Did you know that cupping massage is often combined with connective tissue massages in fighting cellulite? And that's not all, cupping has the following beneficial effects:

  • Loosens adhesions
  • Reduces pain and swelling
  • Drains away moisture and waste products
  • Faster muscle recovery after exercise
  • Stimulates collagen production
  • Activates skin metabolism

Finally, cupping is also a very relaxing treatment. Cupping therapy not only addresses your symptoms, but also makes you completely unwind. Those who are more comfortable with the more traditional massage technique using hot stones instead of cups can have a hot stone massage books. This form of massage is also effective against back pain, adhesions, stuck muscles and is very relaxing.