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Tucson Cupping Therapy

Tucson Cupping Therapy

Have you ever watched the Olympics and wondered why many athletes have circles on their bodies that are a different shade from the rest of their skin? In recent years, it’s becoming more and more obvious as athletes undergo…you guessed it, cupping therapy. However, the fact that athletes are adopting this treatment now doesn’t mean that it’s new. In fact, it has a long history. 

Tucson Cupping Therapy

History of Cupping

If you’re to learn about the early use of cupping, you’ll need to go all the way back to ancient China, the Middle East, and Egypt. Just like today, cupping was an alternative form of medicine, and the fact that it remains important today shows that these people were ahead of their time. Around 3,500 years ago, female healers across Asia, Europe, and Africa were using fire cupping, and we know this because it is documented in Egyptian hieroglyphics.

Of course, the way that the treatment is provided has changed, but the basic idea that fuels cupping is the same. 

What’s Tucson Cupping Therapy?


So, with the history lesson out of the way, what exactly is cupping therapy? Ultimately, the idea is to use negative pressure to create suction. Typically, this is done with cups made of plastic, rubber, glass, or sometimes even bamboo.

The Traditional Method - If you visit a facility that still offers the traditional cupping method, they will use alcohol, herbs, or another flammable substance in a cup. From here, they will light the fire to heat up the cup. Once the fire itself has disappeared, the cup is placed onto your body (the location will depend on the treatment and what you’re trying to achieve). By following these steps, a vacuum will follow as the cup’s air cools. As the skin rises, the blood vessels expand and this is where the treatment comes.

The Modern Method - While the traditional method certainly comes with some style, it’s not necessarily the most common method now thanks to the development of rubber pumps. Over time, practitioners realized that they could generate the same results with a rubber pump rather than flames and cups. Not only are rubber pumps effective, but they can also offer a massage effect.

Regardless of which method is used, there are three cupping techniques that professionals may explore with you: 

  • Cross-Fiber - Used for those with scarred tissues. 

  • Longitudinal - As the most common technique, the professional will glide the cup across muscle fibers. 

  • Circular - Normally, professionals will use the circular technique toward the end of your appointment so that nothing is missed


Benefits of Cupping Therapy Tucson

When reading this page, you might wonder why people go through this strange process. Firstly, we should say that cupping is completely safe - iBalance uses state-of-the-art equipment and our professionals know how to carry out the treatment safely. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about your own health or safety.

In terms of benefits, athletes tend to use cupping because it reduces tension and loosens tight muscles (this helps both during training and for events). Thanks to the suction, body tissues receive more blood and hydration. Furthermore, excess fluids are removed and the area is left in a better condition than before the cupping. With improved hydration and blood flow, many people also find that inflammation decreases after a cupping session.

Another reason it is used by people who like to exercise is that it encourages faster healing (some also say that the healing is more complete with cupping). Elsewhere, other benefits include:

  • Relief from migraines, anxiety, and sleep problems 

  • Loosened adhesions 

  • Relieved congestion 

  • Stretched muscles 

  • Improved blood supply 

  • Cleared stagnation 

Cupping Marks and Other Side Effects


When it comes to cupping therapy in Tucson AZ, one of the biggest concerns that people have is about the marks that the suction leaves behind. If you can spot cupping marks on Michael Phelps at the Olympics, won’t people also notice the marks on your body? It’s not just athletes because many celebrities have been spotted with cupping marks too.

Firstly, it’s important to note that the marks aren’t painful in any way. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about being overly sensitive to contact. When the cups are first applied, you may feel some tightness in the skin. However, this will soon fade.

The marks will look and feel swollen immediately after the treatment. In the 24 hours that follow, you’ll notice that more color comes through. If you see different shades in your cup marks, this is due to the toxins and tension in the body. Thankfully, the marks will gradually fade. While some marks may fade sooner, they generally disappear for most people after around five days.  

Contact iBalance Spa Today for Cupping Therapy in Tucson


If you want to learn more about the cupping process or Tucson cupping therapists, feel free to reach out to iBalance Spa today. Most people use cupping on their back, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t explore other areas of the body. So long as there is sufficient flesh, cupping should work effectively. 

With reduced inflammation, improved blood flow and circulation, and a plethora of other benefits, cupping is well worth your time. If you take anything away from this guide, think of cupping as the reverse of massaging. Rather than applying pressure, you’re pulling the muscles, skin, and tissue upwards. 

Contact our excellent, professional team today - we’d love to get you booked up for an appointment!

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