Glide Cupping & Hands-On Techniques

Glide Cupping & Hands-on Techniques


Circles Cupping Technique

Glide cup in a circular pattern to move the superficial muscle tissue layer over deeper muscle tissue layer resulting in a gentle stretch and warming of the muscle tissue. Useful to soothe and calm the muscle tissue.

Employ a Thumb-Finger Squeeze Hand Position, L-Shape Hand Position, or Triangle Hand Position. 

Purpose: effective for a gentle stretch and warming of the muscle tissue which broadly covers the surface area. 



Cross-Fiber Friction Cupping Technique

The application of a brisk stroke using a back and forth movement with 90to the muscle fibers moving superficial layers of muscle against deeper muscle tissues. As the heat in the area increases, metabolic activity increases which makes the muscles more pliable so that the muscles function more efficiently. 

Purpose: effective for stretching and reducing adhesions to create strong, flexible muscle fibers.



Drain Cupping Technique

Glide the cup on lubricated skin with weak suction pressure with a slow speed toward lymphatic nodes for drainage.

Purpose: to drain fluids and stimulate lymphatic flow.



Figure of Eight or Infinity Sign Cupping Technique

Glide the cup on lubricated skin creating a figure of eight or infinity sign over large muscle group the motion creates both a cross-fiber and with the fiber effect on the muscle tissue.

Purpose: warm up and/or calm muscle tissue over large surface areas.



Gliding Compression Hands-on Technique

A rhythmic pumping action while gliding to the muscle to create hyperemia effect which then causes vasodilation in the muscle tissue.

Purpose: effective with warming up the muscle tissue and promotes healing and nutrition. 



Gliding, Moving or Dynamic Cupping Technique

Attach a cup with a weak, medium or strong suction pressure to lubricated skin. Glide the cup over skin surface creating a slight pulling action which may create a pink/reddish color on the skin. 

Purpose: effective for warming up the muscle tissue and/or draining.



Hands-On Effleurage Technique

The application of hands-on gliding strokes that follow the contour of the body and have a light touch. A soothing, stroking movement used at the beginning and the end of a massage.

Purpose: effective for warming up and calming down the muscle tissue. Allows the hands to determine areas of tightness.



Kneading Hands-On Technique

The application of lifting, squeezing, and kneading strokes to tissues of the body. Kneading applies a torsion force that deforms the tissue by compressing and twisting one end of the structure in one direction while the other end is held, compressed, and twisted in the opposite direction.

Purpose: effective with loosening tight muscles, increasing flexibility and decreasing pain. Enhances the fluid movement in the deeper tissues and can help soften and broaden superficial tissues. 



Knuckling Hands-On Technique

Knuckling is a form of kneading but using the knuckles with a loose fist to knead and lift in circular and upwards motions. 

Purpose: effective with soften and broaden superficial tissues while stretching muscle tissue and fascia.



Neck Sliders Cupping Technique

Drain the cup on lubricated skin with medium suction pressure level from deltoid to occipital crest on side of neck guide with a L-Shape Hand Technique. 

Purpose: effective to stretch and loosen the muscle tissue.



Squeeze and Release Cupping Technique

Create a suction on lubricated skin and with a weak to medium pressure release and inch along the skin in a pumping action.

Purpose: effective for blood circulation.



Taking Out the Trash Cupping Technique

Drain the cup on lubricated skin with light suction pressure level guided by a Goal Post Hand Position. Drain lymph from the midline outwards toward lymph nodes. 

Purpose: effective for draining lymph and toxins from the spine region.



The Boat Cupping Technique

Create a suction and twist the cup while gliding over the skin surface. The lifting and twisting action will loosen tight muscle tissue.

Purpose: effective lifting and twisting action to loosen tight muscle tissue.



The Cup Effleurage Cupping Technique

Create a suction while gliding the cup over the skin surface. Effective for warming up and calming down the muscle tissue. Slow glide is effective with encouraging lymphatic drainage. 

Purpose: effective for warming up and calming down the muscle tissue. Slow glide is effective with encouraging lymphatic drainage.



The Fish Bite Cupping Technique

Create suction and lift-up on the cup to release suction and glide to the next placement for a suction and release technique. Use strong suction pressure level without discomfort for trigger point release. Use weak suction pressure level to perform superficial lymphatic drainage. 

Purpose: effective for stimulating the immune system by encouraging blood and qi flow.



The Spine Clearing Cupping Technique

Glide the cup on lubricated skin with light to medium suction pressure level over spine very slowly guided by a L-Shape Hand Position or Triangle Hand Position.

Purpose: effective for loosening spinae erectors and toxins for removal. 



The Three Smiles Cupping Technique

Glide the cup on lubricated skin with a semi-circle pattern around the scapulas, below the neck to shear and elongate the trapaezius, latissimus dorsi, and rhomboids. 

Purpose: effective for shearing and elongating tight muscle tissue.



Vibrations Cupping Technique

Glide the cup on lubricated skin with light to medium suction pressure level with a jostle/shake motion. An oscillating method that begins with a lifting of muscle tissue with a jostle while gliding on the skin surface. A weak suction pressure will be soothing, relaxing and offer tension relief. A strong suction pressure will be stimulating, and if applied over a longer period of time, can desensitize an area. 

Purpose: effective for trigger point release, loosen tight fascia, reducing stress, and improving circulation.



Zigzags Cupping Technique

Glide the cup in a cross-fiber pattern or zigzag pattern on lubricated skin.

Purpose: effective for loosening tight muscle tissue. 

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Gliding Cupping Technique Overview

-Apply natural based lubricant to allow cup to easily glide. 

  • Neutral or warming lubricants oils are comfortable for the client.
  • Cooling lubricants aid in bringing blood flow to the area. 

-Make sure the rim of the cup is smooth; dispose of cups with chips or sharp edges if unable to file the edge smooth with a nail file.

-Apply medium strength cupping to the site with a medium to large size cup. 

  • If the cup is painful and difficult to slide, it is too strong, reduce the suction. 

-Press down on the back side of the cup and slightly lift the front edge of the cup in the direction of movement. 

-Using one or both hands, move the cup in long, singular directional moves. Repeat the movements over the area several times. For removing stagnation, stop when the skin coloration plateaus. 

-You will naturally allow some air into the cup which will degrade the seal; add suction when needed. 

-Don’t move outside lubricated area; it will be painful on dry skin.

-Remove cup when complete, gently wipe excess oil off client.