Cupping: The secret remedy for stiff neck, sore shoulders… and cellulite!

Cupping: The secret remedy for stiff neck, sore shoulders… and cellulite!

Want to put a spring in your step? Why not try the Chinese medicine technique of Cupping Therapy.

What is Cupping?

Cupping is a very simple and yet, very effective type of deep tissue massage that works wonders on muscular aches and pains.  And yes, even cellulite!

What is Cupping used to treat?

  • Stiff, tense and/or injured muscles and fascia
  • Breaks down lactic acid in muscles after exercise
  • Deep tissue release to increased range of motion
  • Respiratory conditions and external pathogens (cold and flu)
  • Lymphatic system stimulation of excess fluids and edema

Why is Cupping so good for you?

The cup is moved slowly around the area being treated.  It is like a ‘reverse’ deep-tissue massage: instead of using pressure, you use suction. The vacuum created by the lack of oxygen anchors the cup to the skin and pulls it upward on the inside of the glass as the air inside the jar cools. Drawing the skin upward is believed to open up the skin’s pores, which helps to stimulate the flow of blood, balance and realign the flow of Qi, break up obstructions, and create an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body.

What is with the purple spots?

Depending on how much stagnation or imbalance is in a given area, it is normal to have dark spots on the skin that can last anywhere from 1 to 7 days.  The dark spots indicate where the stagnation is and how deep it goes.

Plan ahead and get smooth for summer!


Cupping Therapy used on cellulite works to strongly break down the fatty deposits, stimulate the circulation and clear cellulite very effectively.  When combined with biopuncture it will:

  • Improve blood circulation and lymphatic flow.
  • Stimulate lymphatic drainage, which will contribute to strengthening and renewal of skin.
  • Break down fat: the large formation of fat in subcutaneous adipose tissue is dispersed.
  • Improve metabolism, accelerate the regeneration process and eliminate toxins from the body.
  • Overall improve tone, elasticity and firmness of skin.

For treatment of cellulite it is recommended to have two cycles of biopuncture combined with cupping massage; however, the number of treatments also depends on amount of body fat/cellulite level, body constitution and patient’s commitment to change diet and lifestyle.

Sarah McGuire is the expert registered acupuncturist at the IV who specializes in biopuncture and cupping therapy.  To book an appointment call 604-974-8999 or online at