Cupping: This modality has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine. This technique uses glass or silicon cups that utilize suction by removing oxygen. The suction pulls and lifts soft tissues which in turn creates space and loosens up the tissue. Cupping also increases circulation, stimulates the lymphatic system, frees up stagnated blood, decreases adhesions, removes wastes and toxins, increases joint range of motion, increases flexibility, and decreases scar tissue post surgery or injury. Cupping is an amazing addition to deep tissue massage as it penetrates deep into the muscle tissue bringing new blood to the surface. The new blood causes markings which are NOT bruises because cupping does not break any blood vessels, essentially it is a hickey! Cupping marks will typically last for 1-2 weeks and it is important to stay out of direct sunlight and wind for the first 48-72 hours after cupping sessions. Cupping is a fantastic way to help create space in the stubborn areas that always seem to cause the feeling of tension, along with scar tissue and adhesions.