Cupping therapy

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We need to tell you about cupping therapy.

Very low tech but what an impact and what a wide range of use!

We first saw it at the last Olympics in Rio, the strange red round marks on Michael Phelps impressive shoulders.Image result for cupping therapy michael phelps

Seen his thank you to his mean looking therapist?

Or see this YouTube explanatory video from 25 WPBF News:

There's two ways for applying the cupping:

  1. Directly on a soar muscle (maybe more Western)
  2. Applying on chi-points (like acupuncture more eastern)

For many of use it is not feasible to go to a (cupping) therapist a couple of times a week. Whatever you choose, we need to say, start easy, do not use to much vacuum, that already gives results enough. Always be gentle with yourself ;-)

Direct use

For Direct use again there's two ways:

  1. (One) fixed spot (staying in one place)
  2. Moving massage (like massage stroke with the cup)
Fixed spot, we use it to relax our neck and shoulder muscles after a long day work, or for our back. With this method you just apply the cup(s) directly on the soar or to be relaxed spots and leave them for a few minutes. This is also what athletes use to recover their muscles after heavy training. 
Of course you can apply multiple cups on multiple spots in the same time.
Moving massage we use e.g. for anti cellulite massage see our separate blog on this theme here. Massage is done by applying some massage oil on the area, then creating a little vacuum on the cup and then move the cup over the area similar as hand massage. Just the effect is opposite of hand massage where you apply pressure as with cupping you apply also suction.


CHI use

Chi use is similar as Fixed sport use but instead of applying the cup on the soar muscle spot the cup will be set on the specific Chi spots related to the specific problem. This requires of course some knowledge in this area, therefore we advice to contact a therapist for this in your area to start a treatment and get advice on home use.

For all we would advise this special offer: Top Cups for home use.

Transparent High Grade Silicone Cupping (Moving) Massage Suction Cups Therapy Set 7pcs

These are very easy to use, just press on top to get some air out before applying them to your skin. easy application and vacuum creation

No tricky fire needed like with glass cups.


We would not advise other use for cupping than Direct use at home, so no use of fire, no wet cupping, advanced CHI use etc. This is really more for specialists.

Or for CHI Cupping one could also consider these

Hot! Chinese Medical Tradition (seen at Olympics) 12 Cups Kit, Cupping Therapy

Cupping history[2]

There is reason to believe the practice dates from as early as 3000 B.C.; the earliest record of cupping is in the Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest medical textbooks in the world. It describes in 1,550 B.C. Egyptians used cupping. Archaeologists have found evidence in China of cupping dating back to 1,000 B.C. In ancient Greece, Hippocrates (c. 400 B.C.) used cupping for internal disease and structural problems. This method in multiple forms spread into medicine throughout Asian and European civilizations.
Cupping in Europe and the Middle East grew from humoral medicine, a system of health ancient Greeks used to restore balance through the four "humors" in the body: blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile. This system was pervasive in European and Middle-East cultures at the time. Humoral medicine had a brief or short revival in European medicine in the 18th and 19th centuries, and cupping was used in this practice.
In the West, cupping therapy was part of the basic repertoire of clinical skills a doctor was expected to understand and practice until the latter part of the 19th century with some Eastern European countries such as in Poland and Bulgaria continuing to practice cupping therapy to the present. In parts of Western Europe there has been a recent upsurge in the interest from both public and academic perspectives. Scientific studies researching the effects of cupping therapy attempt to better understand the mechanisms underpinning this age old medical treatment. Societies like the British Cupping Society have contributed to its re-emergence as an alternative therapy.


[1] Cupping Has An Olympic Moment NY Times. NY Times. August 8, 2016.

[2] Wikipedia Cupping,

[3] Chinese research, Chen, B; Li, MY; Liu, PD; Guo, Y; Chen, ZL (July 2015). "Alternative medicine: an update on cupping therapy". QJM : Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians. 108 (7): 523–5

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