What is Cupping?

Written by Courtney Gidge RMT

Cupping Massage brings the ancient art of cupping to the modern-day practice. This modality allows for a unique approach to the fascia and body fluids. Cupping has an ability to affect deeper tissue, remove fascial restrictions, and increase range of motion.

Plastic cups are placed on various areas of the body and then suctioned to evacuate the air from the cup. The vacuum created draws the skin up into the cup and separating the layers of superficial fascia. The suction draws the blood to the level of the skin, creating a vacuum below the skin, this causes new blood to rush in below, removing stagnation. Most clients are left with cupping marks that can last up to 2 weeks. A cupping mark is not a bruise, they are a result of the release of dead static blood, lymph, cellular debris, pathogens and toxins to the surface of the skin.

Cupping helps with:

  • Increased range of motion from fascial restrictions
  • Decrease hypertonic muscles
  • Decrease scar tissue
  • Effective for chronic joint problems
  • Helps move interstitial fluid and decompress spinal joints
  • Increase circulation
  • Relief from congestive lung problems
  • Effective in diaphragmatic release


Cupping will be billed under a Massage Therapy treatment as it is a modality under the Scope of Practice for RMT’s in Ontario.     For more information, questions or to book and appointment with Courtney, please contact the clinic at info@springwellness.ca or call 647-317-1771. Courtney is in clinic Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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