Andrew Chiles, Registered Massage Therapist
Cupping is a technique where a vacuum is created in the cup, drawing the skin into the cup separating the layers of the fascia. The suction brings fresh blood to the surface of stagnant blood. This leaves a bruise-like mark that may be tender and swollen. Marks generally last 1-8 days, but can last up to two weeks.
Some precautions should be taken:
- Inform the therapist if you are pregnant to discuss the risks associated.
- DO NOT cup over any open or recently healing wounds; if you have a compromised lymphatic system; if you have a renal or liver disease; any muscle, tendon or ligament ruptures; if you have a DVT or thrombosis of some sort; if you are on blood thinners; over any spider or varicose veins; and wait until 12-16 weeks post-surgery.
- There is no risk of scalding as heating the cup is not necessary to create suction.
What to expect:
Cupping can assist in the treatment of:
Cupping can affect the soft tissues of the fascia, muscles, scars, and joints, and is an excellent way to increase the benefits from your massage.
Andrew is available Monday through Friday, for appointments ranging from 30-90 minutes. We are able to provide cupping services to private individuals, as well as to people using SGI, WCB, and DVA/DND coverage. To book an appointment you may use our online booking system, or contact our front office staff.