Body Cupping Massage
This ancient therapy can be traced back to Egypt and Asia over 3,000 years. Using modern cupping techniques, silicone cups are applied with a gentle, gliding motion and combined with a skin-loving blend of rich, therapeutic oils for a deeply relaxing experience that works to increase circulation while diminishing the signs of aging and skin imperfections.
Cost Per Treatment: $4.00
Time: 50 minutes
What to Charge: $125
What You'll Need:
What They'll Want:
- Circuflow Body Kit / N3672
- It's expected that the professional massage therapist is familiar with each muscle, the muscle groups, and how they are affected by specific movements.
- Traditional Swedish massage is currently the most common approach used for conditioning programs. It's frequently supplemented by other massage therapy approaches, including deep tissue, trigger point work, and acupressure.
- Make sure you provide time for a thorough consultation so that you can create a customized massage that will serve your client.
- Bellabaci cups use negative pressure ranging from soft (3 cm), medium (5 cm), and hard (7 cm). They can be used for static pressure and as a tool to glide. Extended parking with the cups will cause some skin discoloration.
- Ensure you empower your client to provide feedback on comfort and pressure during the massage and check in during the session to make sure that you're meeting their needs.
- Sunburn, skin rashes or conditions, open sores, fractures, acute pain or injury, fever or infections, open wounds, muscle ruptures, tendon ruptures, muscle and tendon partial tears, contusions, burns, rheumatoid arthritis and gout, bursitis, infection of the skin and soft tissue, thrombosis, artificial blood vessels, bleeding disorders, tumors, swelling, high blood pressure, pregnancy, and cancer.
- 1. Begin the massage with the client lying prone. Encourage deep breathing and talk them through some meditative affirmations to ensure deeper relaxation.
- 2. Apply Circuflow Professional Oil liberally and perform full back effleurage using hands only, repeating 3 times.
- 3. Stand on the side of the table. Knead with your hands on the left side of the body, starting at gluteus muscles and working up into the neck and back to the starting point, repeating 3 times. Repeat on the right side.
- 4. With the soft cup and using light suction, glide from the upper to lower back, directly on the left erector spinae muscle and glide back to the starting point, repeating 3 times. When reaching the lower back, "draw" a circle over the glutes to "make a U-turn." This ensures a smooth and continuous movement. Repeat on the right side. This step is called "Cup Effleurage."
- 5. Divide the left side of the back in 3 regions: upper, middle, and lower back. On the left side and with Hard Body Cup, perform large circles on the 3 sectioned areas of the back. After performing the last lower back circle, glide the cup up to the neck area on the erector spinae and do not break contact. Repeat on the right side. This step is called "Big Circles."
- 6. With a Soft Body Cup or a Super Cup, drain the spine very slowly with light to medium suction, gliding from the cervical vertebrae ending at the sciatic region or as low as permitted, and then gliding straight back up to the starting point. Ensure that you have full contact on the back as you glide the cup, repeating 4-6 times. Pro Tip: Cupping is the only method where we can address the spine as we use negative pressure. The positive pressure from the hands around the cup is on the erector spinae only. This step is called "Spinal Clearage."
- 7. With a Soft Body Cup or a Super Cup and utilizing medium suction, drain the lymph from the midline from the erector spinae to the side of the body outwards, starting at the lower back and working your way to the upper shoulders. Release suction with the cup when reaching the side—before air can enter the cup to avoid any noise—gently gliding back to starting point with your hand only. This step is to move the lymph closer to the lymph nodes on the sides and between the ribs. This movement is called "Taking Out the Trash."
- 8. Depending on pressure preference, use the Soft, Super, or Hard Cup and vibrate the cup on the left erector spinae, working from the lower back up to the upper shoulder, from the base of the spine to the neck. Repeat this 3 times and then do the same on the right side. This movement is called "Vibrations."
- 9. With the Soft, Super, or Hard Cup, perform a squeeze and release action along the left side of the erector spinae from the lower back to neck, never losing full contact. This movement is slow and methodical, and should be repeated 3 times. Do this again on the right side. Pro Tip: When using the Super Cup, stand on the side of the table and use both hands to squeeze and release to avoid hand fatigue. This movement is called the "Fish Bite."
- 10. With the Soft, Super, or Hard Cup, twist the cup along the left erector spinae, starting at the lower back and working your way up to the neck. Repeat this 3 times and then do the same on the right side. This movement is called "The Boat."
- 11. Stand at the top of the table. Divide the back into 3 sections: upper, middle, and lower. With your Soft or Super Cup and with medium to deep pressure, perform an infinity sign of 8 over the 3 sections. The starting point is the midpoint (spine) to begin the 8. This is a continuous movement with hands holding the cup in between your hands in the triangle hold position. Once the lower back circle is completed, glide back to starting point over the spine and into the occipital hollow. This movement is called "Figure of Eight."
- 12. Stand at the top of the table once more. With the Soft, Super, or Hard Cup, "draw" a half circle around the left scapula, then around the neck, flowing into a gliding motion around the right scapula. This movement is continuous and flows from a half circle into the next. Repeat this 3-6 times. This movement is called "The Three Smiles."
- 1. Drain from deltoid to occipital on the right side using a Soft or Hard Cup with medium suction, ending off in the occipital hollow, repeating 4 times. Repeat this step on the left side. This movement is called "Neck Sliders."
- 2. Perform circles, moving from the left deltoid to the occipital using the Soft or Hard Cup, repeating 3 times. Repeat this step on the right side. This movement is called "Neck Circles."
- 3. Knuckle the neck with your hands for 2 minutes. Pro Tip: If the neck is petite and suction is difficult, only perform hands-on massage.
- Apply Circuflow Professional Oil over the left leg using the long effleurage movement. Repeat effleurage 3 times and plump lymph nodes (optional).
Upper Leg (Back):
- 1. Knead the upper thigh using just your hands. Stand on the side of the table.
- 2. Drain the left upper leg using the Soft or Super Cup on light suction, starting just above the popliteal node to the buttock or as high up the leg as permitted. Maintain full hand contact. Repeat this step 3 times.
- 3. Perform Fish Bites using the Soft or Super Cup from the knee to the top of the thigh. Stand on the side of the bed when using the Super Cup and use both hands to squeeze and release the cup. Repeat this step 3 times.
- 4. Perform Vibration using Soft or Super Cup, working from just above the popliteal node to the upper thigh/buttocks. Repeat this 3 times. Avoid any static cupping on the popliteal area.
- 5. Perform Circles using the Soft or Super Cup using the triangle technique. Pro Tip: This is a great kneading movement, but make sure to maintain full hand contact at all times for the benefit of combining positive and negative pressure simultaneously. Repeat 3 times.
- 6. Perform Zigzags by gliding the Soft or Super Cup from side to side, working your way up from just above the popliteal node to the upper thigh or as far as permitted. Repeat this 3 times.
- 7. Drain with cups 3 times, then perform effleurage on the upper thigh with hands 3 times. Pro Tip: Always ensure that your hands are flat on the body to avoid the pinching effect caused by fluid retention in this region.
Lower Leg (Back):
- 1. Knead the lower leg and drain with the cups. Perform Fish Bites, Circles, and then Zigzags. Finish by effleurage the whole leg with your hands 3 times.
- 1. Perform milking movement 3 times.
- 2. Place the soft body cup on the bottom of the foot if it's fleshy enough, then perform twisting.
- 3. Perform thumb frictions on the bottom of the foot 3 times. Finish by perform knuckling on the bottom of the foot. Pro Tip: Face cups can be used on feet. Repeat the leg steps on the right leg.
- 4. Assist client to supine position and repeat the Upper and Lower Leg steps.
- 1. Apply the Circuflow Professional Oil using abdominal effleurage technique (hands only). Pro Tip: During consultation, receive permission from clients to do abdominal work. Ensure proper drapery at all times.
- 2. Effleurage the stomach using hands 3 times.
- 3. Knead on each side of the stomach 3 times.
- 4. Drain the ribcage, working from the midline inwards on both sides with light to medium suction 3 times.
- 5. Glide cup along the colon performing 1 big circle 5 times.
- 6. Glide cup using small circles along the colon 5 times.
- 7. Effleurage using hands 3 times.
- 1. Apply the Circuflow Professional Oil on the full arm with an effleurage movement.
- 2. Drain with the Soft Cup using light suction and the L-shape technique (cup is placed between index finger and thumb) with full hand contact from elbow to shoulder, covering the upper arm 3 times.
- 3. Perform a Fish Bite from the elbow to upper arm using the Soft Cup with light suction 3 times. Repeat on the left arm.
- 4. Perform circles with the Soft Cup, starting at the elbow and work your way up to the shoulder, covering the upper arm in 3-4 pathways using light suction 3 times.
- 5. Drain from the elbow to shoulder again.
- 6. Drain with a Soft Cup using light suction and the L-shape technique with full hand contact from wrist to elbow.
- 7. Perform small circles using the Soft Cup along the forearm from the wrist to the elbow.
- 1. Perform milking movement 3 times. Pro Tip: Face cups can be used on hands.
- 2. Place the Soft Cup in the palm of your hand and perform twisting.
- 3. Perform thumb frictions on the palm of the hand 3 times.
- 4. Perform knuckling on the palm of the hand. Pro Tip: Complete the left arm and hand first, repeating on the right arm and hand.
- 1. Apply the Circuflow Professional Oil and effleurage using the hands 3 times.
- 2. Knead on the shoulders using hands.
- 3. Start knuckling (including the top of the arms).
- 4. Drain with the cups from the shoulder to back of the neck with a Soft Cup and medium suction 4 times.
- 5. Effleurage with hands 3 times, ending at the back of the neck.