Cupping massage is also called vacuum massage or sliding cups. This technique can be applied with all the discussed types of cups –glass, plastic or Silicone. Silicone cups are definitely the best choice for this procedure, because they have softer rims, thus causing less harm to patient’s skin. Likewise, as I mentioned before, they are the easiest to use for therapist.
The technique emphasizes the moving of stagnated blood and energy, and can be used instead of Fire Cupping Course (cupping), for patients who don’t like cups, or cupping marks on the body. It can still leave some marks, but they disappear faster than regular cupping circles. However, static cups application is more effective, especially for deeper tissues. That’s why I prefer to use cupping
massage only in addition to standard cupping procedure and not instead of it. Then the therapeutic effect is much better.
In case of cupping massage, it is especially important to lubricate the patient’s skin with rich layer of the cream, because you need to make the cup slide smoothly.
Cupping massage is usually applied with large cups on back muscles, and with smaller cups on the neck and shoulder muscles.
Silicone cup sliding feels very comfortable for the patient because it has a softer surface. The suction level is a bit more limited than with plastic vacuum cups, but usually it enough for this application.
In case of silicone cups you can easily work with both of your hands simultaneously. This will significantly shorten your worktime.