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Exploring the Benefits of Vacuum/Functional Cupping in Remedial Massage


We understand the importance of staying at the forefront of innovative therapeutic techniques to provide our clients with the best possible care. One such technique that has gained popularity in recent years is vacuum/functional cupping. In this blog post, we will delve into what vacuum/functional cupping is, its benefits, and how it can enhance your remedial massage experience.

What is Vacuum/Functional Cupping?

Vacuum/functional cupping, often referred to simply as cupping, is an ancient therapeutic practice that has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine. It involves the use of special cups that create a vacuum when placed on the skin. This vacuum effect lifts the skin and underlying tissues, promoting blood flow, and releasing tension in the muscles.

How Does Vacuum/Functional Cupping Work?

Cupping therapy works on the principle of negative pressure.

When the cups are placed on the skin, air is removed from them, creating a vacuum. This suction effect pulls the skin and muscle tissue upwards into the cup. The therapist may glide or leave the cups stationary for a specific period, depending on the treatment goals and the client's needs.

Benefits of Vacuum/Functional Cupping

  • Pain Relief: Cupping therapy is renowned for its ability to alleviate muscle pain and discomfort. The suction created by the cups helps to release tension in tight muscles and trigger points, providing

relief from chronic pain conditions such as back pain, neck pain, and fibromyalgia.

  • Improved Blood Circulation: The vacuum effect of cupping promotes better blood circulation in the treated areas. This increased blood flow carries vital nutrients and oxygen to the muscles, helping to accelerate the natural healing process.

  • Relaxation and Stress Reduction: Many clients report feeling deeply relaxed during and after cupping sessions. The gentle pulling sensation of the cups on the skin induces a state of relaxation, making it an excellent choice for stress relief.

  • Enhanced Range of Motion: Cupping can improve joint mobility and flexibility by releasing tight fascia and muscle adhesions. This can be particularly beneficial for athletes and individuals recovering from injuries.

  • Skin Health: Vacuum/functional cupping can improve the appearance and health of your skin. It can help reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks, and cellulite while promoting a youthful glow.


Cupping is generally safe for most people; however it is contraindicated for:

  • Bleeding Disorders

  • Pregnancy

  • Frail or elderly skin

  • Certain medications such as blood thinners

  • Severe oedema

  • Recent surgical sites

This is why it is important that we do a health history with you as part of your remedial treatment so we can decide if we can add Cupping to your remedial massage treatment.

Please note it is possible to get speckling – small reddish or sometimes purplish spots in a cluster where the cup has been applied or dragged. This is a normal response and usually disappears in 2 to 7 days depending on your skin time. We often use our Arnica based, Better Nature Cream, after cupping that helps speed this process up.


At Hills Massage, we believe in offering a comprehensive range of therapeutic techniques to cater to our clients' diverse needs. Vacuum/functional cupping is a valuable addition to our repertoire, offering numerous benefits ranging from pain relief to improved circulation and skin health. If you're interested in experiencing the benefits of cupping, please feel free to contact us and schedule an appointment. We look forward to personalizing your treatment and helping you achieve optimal health and well-being.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us via the website.

Thanks Shell x


Lee, M. S., Kim, J. I., & Ernst, E. (2011). Is cupping an effective treatment? An overview of systematic reviews. Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, 4(1), 1-4.

Cao, H., Han, M., Li, X., Dong, S., Shang, Y., & Wang, Q. (2015). Clinical research evidence of cupping therapy in China: A systematic literature review. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 15(1), 1-12.

Kim, J. I., Lee, M. S., Lee, D. H., Boddy, K., & Ernst, E. (2011). Cupping for treating pain: A systematic review. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2011, 467014.

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