What are the benefits of Cupping therapy?

The health benefits of cupping are numerous for everyone, not just athletes. Cupping is preferred to reduce inflammation, improve circulation, improve the efficiency of lymp node filteration, and is a vital component of exercise recovery and well-being. Cupping sometimes offers itself as a 'miracle cure' for people suffering from migraines and circulatory issues, such as anemia.

What is Massage Cupping?

Cupping is an exceptional technique for areas of trigger points because it can lift and stretch the tissues of the body, seperate fused and tightened bands of muscle, and increase blood flow all without producing additional inflammation. The suction created by the use of the cups draws blood from the arteries to the capillaries, cleanses it, and then returns it to the veins, mimicking the function of the bodys circulatory system. Lymph is drained, adhesions are loosened, tissue is released, inflammation is relieved, blood flow is stimulated and the nervous system is sedated.

How is a Cupping Massage different than a deep tissue massage?

When you receive a regular massage a therapist uses their hands or hand held tools to apply pressure to the skin to go deep into the muscles to release knots and tension from the congested tissue. Cupping Therapy is the EXACT OPPOSITE in technique since it involves LIFTING the skin and tissue away from the bones, releasing muscle stress from the system. Cupping is less painful in reveiving deep issues and helps to create healthy fascia tissue while eliminating harmful toxins from the body.

What does a Cupping Massage feel like on the skin?

The therapy doesn't feel painful at all and most patients report a pleasant, if not strange, sensation as the practitioner draws air out of the cup which then pulls the skin inside. The pulling in of the skin is similar to what would be expected if applying suction to the skin with a vacuum cleaner. An experienced practitioner will know exactly how much air to pull from the cup to produce optimal results without creating a pain response. Remember to tell your therapist if you experience discomfort or prefer a stronger level of suction during your session.

Will a Cupping Massage create dark circles on my skin?

Often, if a cup is 'parked' on an area of the body where alot is going on such as an injury, deep inflammation, or trauma, a "cup mark" may be left on the skin when it is removed. This mark often resembles a bruise but it is simply a skin discoloration caused by the suction pulling old blood and toxins that were trapped within the tissue to the skin surface. These marks which can vary from light to dark will diminish in 4-7 days. However, dependant upon the specific pathology of the client, some individuals may not receive any marks at all.

Cupping Therapy in Wilmington, DE

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Poor Circulation

  • Sciatica 

  • Insomnia 

  • Stress and Anxiety

  • Asthma 

  • Pneumonia

  • Chronic Pain

  • Arthritis

  • Lung Inflammation

  • Congestion

  • Migraines or Headaches

  • Edema

  • Bursitis or Tendonitis

  • Scars or Adhesions

  • Muscular Aches or Tension

  • Trigger Points

  • Joint Issues

  • Poorly Nourished Skin

  • Pre or Post Operative Conditions

  • Athletic Stress or Injury

  • High Blood Pressure

  • TMJ

  • Sinusitis 

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Parkinson's Disease 

If you're interested in trying cupping, there are a few things you should expect before booking a session.

1. Some conditions including uncontrolled Diabetes and uncontrolled blood pressure are contraindicated for cupping so talk to your doctor before booking an appointment.


2. There are some after care instructions that are strongly urged to clients after a cupping session. (See Aftercare Instructions)

Certified and Experienced Cupping Practitioners

There are several conditions that respond well to Cupping Therapy:

Olympic swimmer with cup marks at 2016 O

Olympic swimmer with cupping marks at the 2016 Olympics.

The most common misunderstanding regarding one of the most powerful and beneficial after effects of Cupping, is the marks that sometimes result. When injuries occur deep in the muscle, bleeding often occurs causing deep bruises. There will also be edema in the area involving the coagulation of sticky proteins. The combining presence of these elements usually results in stagnation of circulation to the area - resulting in pain, dysfunction, and chronic conditions.

The vacuum formed by Cupping draws up the old non-circulating stagnant blood and sticky fluids from the area, bringing them up to the surface and away from the injury so that healthy free circulation can be restored to the affected area, thus creating space for oxygen, living cells and nutrients for faster recovery.

Where there is dead, static blood, lymph, cellular debris, pathogenic factors, and toxins present in the body, Cupping can leave marks which indicates that the stagnation or disease has been moved from the deeper tissue layers to the surface.

The color and pattern of the marks depend on the level of stagnation in the area, and range from a bright red to dark purple, usually lasting 3 days to a week - sometimes longer if the person is very sick or sedentary. If there is no stagnation present, there will be only a pink marking which disappears in a few minutes to a couple of hours. If the person receiving treatment sweats a lot on a daily basis - no marks may occur.

Understanding Cupping Marks



1. Drinking plenty of water is not just a suggestion but a must after receiving cupping! To facilitate the proper elimination of toxins, the body and its tissues needs to be adequately hydrated. Sometimes clients can report feeling sluggish or sore immediately after a cupping session. This is normal. Drinking plenty of water and getting adequate sleep will help lessen those effects. 


2. It is also recommended to avoid drastic temperatures after cupping.  Avoid showering, swimming, intense exercise, steams rooms or saunas, or any other exposure to the extreme cold or heat for 12-24 hours after a session. If you have any questions or concerns after a cupping session simply call our office and your therapist will return your call to help. Remember to ask questions! Never be afraid when trying something new but make sure you know what to expect.