If you watched the Olympics then you will have noticed athletes such as US swimmer Michael Phelps with the circular red marks on their skin where cupping has been performed. Cupping literally sucks the skin up in a vacuum. However, this form of cupping is likely to be part of an ancient Chinese medicine treatment and the marks left can look unsightly and feel sore afterwards.
I use the kinder and more sensitive Bellabaci method of cupping. The cups used are made from silicone and draw the tissues up within a vacuum. Depending on how much suction is used and the size of the cups, this can be a slow relaxing and incredibly gentle massage or as deep as the very best deep tissue massage.
If you’ve ever experienced myofascial skin rolling techniques favoured by Rolfers, then you will have an idea of how the cups feel.
Although Bellabaci cups can leave marks if a strong vacuum is created, this is not the intention of this treatment. The skin can feel warm and tingling and even become pink for a short time after treatment depending on how much release occurs. I also incorporate gentle Swedish massage techniques or firmer deep tissue work into the sessions depending on your requirements.
This treatment is not suitable for pregnant ladies, if you are energy depleted or suffering from a systemic condition.