What Is Cupping Therapy?


What Is Cupping Therapy?

Have you been looking for an alternative therapy to help with stress relief, muscle tension issues and general wellbeing support? In your research for alternative therapies, you may have come across a therapy known as cupping. Some think of strange marks after a cupping session. Some have no idea what cupping involves. If you’re looking for a different alternative to pain and inflammation relief, cupping may just be a suitable choice for you.

What is cupping therapy?

Cupping therapy isn’t a new form of therapy. Cupping is a form of alternative medicine dating back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese and Middle Eastern cultures. It utilises cups to create suction on the skin. The cups are made of either glass, bamboo, earthenware or silicone.

Although it seems like a trendy new therapy, the reality is that it has been around for a very long time.

What happens during a cupping therapy session?

At Unwind Myotherapy, we use modern silicone cups in our cupping treatment. The cup is placed against the skin, and a pump is used to create a gentle vacuum so that the cup will suction to the skin.

The cup is suctioned to your skin for approximately three to ten minutes. Cupping therapy is not painful, and we always work within our patients’ comfort levels. The cups can be left stationary, or gently moved to create a massage-like effect.

What are the benefits of cupping?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, cupping is used for its detoxifying effects and to release energy blockages. In a myotherapy session, we use cupping to help release tight muscle and connective tissues in areas that may respond more quickly to this method rather than a conventional massage.

Cupping provides a highly relaxing experience for all patients. The negative pressure on the skin, fascia and muscles provides a deep tissue massage. This can help with muscle tension, stress and enhanced circulation. Many patients find that cupping gives a soothing experience to relieve physical tensions.

Where can I book a cupping session?

There are a number of different massage therapists and salons that now provide cupping therapy. It is important to choose a therapist who is experienced and skilled in cupping to ensure you get the best possible results from your session.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you want to find a therapist who can provide you with the best service, asking about their experience and skills is a good start. Asking friends and family for a recommendation can also help.


If you’re looking for a cupping therapist in Melbourne, the friendly team at Unwind Myotherapy can help. We have extensive experience in cupping, as well as other therapies such as myotherapy, remedial massage and much more. Get in touch with us today to discuss your needs or book your session online.

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