The Rundown on Myofascial Cupping

If you are one of the many people who have thought about trying “Cupping” for relief of muscle tension but are not sure what it is all about or are maybe intimidated by rumours you have heard, this article serves to set the record straight. Below are some of the most common questions about Myofascial Cupping and answers from one of our very own in- house experts, Courtney Spithakis, RMT.

What is Myofascial Cupping?

Cupping is an ancient Chinese practice. A cup is applied to the skin and pressure is reduced by suctioning air out. As this happens the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into the cup and held there. Cupping is used for myofascial release.

What does it do? In a nutshell, Myofascial Cupping has some of the following benefits:

– Breaks up scar tissue build up from previous injuries

– Reduces localized inflammation and aids in recovery by increasing nutrient rich blood to the injured area

– Puts a passive stretch on soft tissue

– Increases joint range of motion

– Reduces muscle tension


Myofascial Cupping is used for general pain relief and increase of circulation.

Why am I bruised and marked after a treatment?

A strong suction leaves red markings with movement back and forth over the same area.

A “parked” (cup left in one spot) will leave a “cup kiss”. This will look like bruising. This technique brings toxins to the surface and they’re removed through the lymphatic system.

Most bruising or marking can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

Who will benefit from a cupping session

– Everyone. If you are feeling like regular massage just isn’t quite doing it for you, chances are your fascia is tight and would benefit from a MyoFascial Cupping session.

– People who experience frozen shoulder.

– Anyone who has had hip or knee replacements or injuries, rotator cuff injuries, or iliotibial band (ITband) syndrome. 

After a cupping treatment, it is important to double up on water intake as cupping will dehydrate you more than a regular massage. If tenderness occurs, applying heat to the affected area will help relieve any tension. Foam rolling or using a green or blue reflex ball is a great way to release your fascia between treatments or whenever you’re in need of a good stretch.

There are many different types of body treatments and muscle manipulation techniques available these days. We hope we have clarified what makes Myofascial Cupping stand out from the rest.


Written by Courtney Spithakis- RMT @Lead Integrated Health Therapies