Cupping Principles

Cupping Principles

Cupping therapy techniques address the conditions of inflammation, myofascial restrictions, trigger points, nervous system imbalances, and congestion of lymph, blood, and debris in tissue. 

Negative Pressure or Vacuum Suction

Separates different layers of tissues, resulting in microtrauma and tearing. This triggers an inflammatory response, flooding the area with white blood cells, platelets, and other healing aids. The skin may turn red as the blood vessels respond to the change in pressure which will disappear after a few days.

Pulls Stagnant Fluids to the Surface

The negative pressure pulls the stagnant fluids to the surface, removes the toxic pathogens and promotes fresh oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood and lymph to muscles and skin.


Detoxification occurs as blockages and toxins are removed with an increase in lymphatic flow. Toxins are tangible, described as thick, sticky and cloudy with a black hue. The goal is to eliminate these toxins from the body.

Vasodilation Benefits Tissue Restoration and Healing

Hyperemia or increased flow of blood due to vasodilation benefits tissue restoration and healing which relieves inflammation. The negative pressure creates space among the underlying subcutaneous tissues which allows for more fluid exchange and expedites healing.

Healthy Collagen and Elastin

The negative pressure stimulates the fibroblast cells to produce healthy collagen and elastin.

Blood Circulation

The negative pressure draws the blood from capillaries and then returns via the veins to be cleansed and de-oxygenated blood cells to be disposed of.

Depth of Cupping

Cupping may affect four inches deep into body tissues and .75 inch into facial region, which causes tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, and activate the skin.

Product Penetration

Cupping improves product penetration with improved circulation through osmosis. 

Warms the Muscle Tissue

Cupping with glide cupping technique is beneficial in warming the muscle tissue for more therapeutic techniques which reduces strain on service providers hands and wrists.