Myofascial Cupping involves the use of glass cups, which are placed on the body and the air suctioned out of them a little, which causes the soft tissue to pull up slightly into the cup. Unlike other massages techniques which solely uses downward compression, Myofascial Cupping also lifts and separates soft tissue which can allow nutrient-rich blood to flow into the area as well provide a passive soft tissue stretch.
Incorporating Myofascial Cupping into a remedial massage treatment can have the added benefit of effectively treating two areas of the body at the same time (e.g. static cups on the upper back, while the therapist provides a deep tissue massage to the lower back). When the deep tissue massage moves to the area that has already received Myofacsial cupping, the soft tissue is already more pliable and can receive a more effective deep tissue massage to follow.
We do not use heat or fire as with traditional Chinese cupping techniques, but the air is instead suctioned out of the cups with a suction tool. Myofacial cupping should be completely painless and the benefits of cupping can be felt for the next 72 hours.