Q: What are those marks?
A: They are suction marks from the small cups. They faded away in about a week. Some marks are darker than others. The darker the color, the more effective that particular cupping point was.
Q: Does it hurt?
A: No -- you feel a slight pinching sensation, but no pain.
Q: What is this therapy used for?
A: Most clients ask for cupping when they have sore muscles, backaches, stiff neck and shouders from stress or hard work. The results are immediate and lasting. Cupping is basically a form of deep-tissue acupressure. And historically, it has been used for the same symptoms that are treated by acupuncture.
Q: How is the suction done?
A: Modern cups are clear plastic, often with a connection to a tube and a manually-operated air pump. There is a valve on the cup where the air can be released when the cup is removed. There are several different sizes of cups, which allow a more focused or a broader contact with the various acupressure points.
Q: How long does a session take?
A: The normal session is one hour. It consists of the following parts:
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Same pricing as for regular massage. See our Price List.
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Sometimes called the most effective form of deep-tissue therapy, cupping therapy has a 2,500-year history. It is a very powerful form of acupressure, and has been used to treat everything from cold symptoms to muscular spasms.
(New York Post, 7/9/04 - Gwyneth Paltrow)