What is Cupping?
Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapeutic treatment used to loosen and relieve sore muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It also helps reduce anxiety, migraines, remove toxins from the body, increase blood flow and calm the nervous system. Small cups are placed on the surface of the skin while a vacuum creates a suction within the cup, pulling your skin and superficial tissues up into the cup for a reverse massage sensation. The suctioned cups can be kept in place or gently moved around to pull the muscles and tissues upwards which creates a very relaxing and relieving sensation.
This treatment is great for athletes. If you watched the Rio Olympics, you may have seen the red circular bruises on some of the Olympians, including Michael Phelps. This is a side effect of cupping. Many athletes have used cupping to reduce muscle stiffness, alleviate tendonitis, and address the pain of overuse injuries.
Cupping will create normal circular bruising of the skin for 5-10 days after treatment. Once the marks are gone, another treatment can be repeated until there is relief or the ailment is resolved. Cupping should not be used on patients who bleed easily, have skin ulcers or edema. Pregnant women should use caution and avoid cupping on the low back and abdomen. The benefits of cupping have not been scientifically proven, however supporters claim that it helps with a variety of health issues.
Benefits of Cupping
- Pain Relief
- Loosens stiff muscles
- Helps relieve colds and coughs
- Promotes healing
- Helps relieve tendonitis
- Increases blood flow
Meet our Cupping Specialist
Anne graduated from Mount St. Mary's College with a Masters in Physical Therapy in 1999. She began her career as a physical therapist, and also played professional beach volleyball on the AVP tour. In her 15 years as a therapist, she has worked at several well known clinics in the Marina del Rey, Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades areas. She has continued to play beach volleyball and improve her physical therapy skills, using her own experience with pain and learning what works to relieve it. Anne started incorporating cupping into her treatments 10 years ago and finds it to be valuable in releasing tight tissues and relieving pain. In her spare time, she enjoys supporting human and animal rights causes and doing her part to help change the world for the better.
All cupping sessions are $80 per treatment. We accept Venmo, PayPal, Cash, Credit Card, Check and some insurances. To book an appointment at our Del Rey location off Centinela and Culver Blvd, please fill out the form below and we will reach out to you shortly!