Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Curious About Cupping?

An Ancient Technique to Help with Pain and Detox

Marin County is known for progressive thinkers and advanced, if not experimental, wellness modalities. As a holistic practitioner in Corte Madera, Gia DiMatteo is using her 20 years of experience to reach way back, as in centuries, to tap into the art of cupping. Cupping is an ancient purification technique that is used by healers to rid the body of accumulated toxins, help reduce pain and improve the skin’s appearance. Today, athletes use it to improve their performance by reducing pain and recovery times and celebrities tout it as better than Botox.

In cupping treatments, suction cups are placed over specific areas of the body, drawing out toxins and inflammation, increasing circulation and assisting in releasing adhesions between the muscles and fascia. Cupping can increase the effectiveness of most acupuncture, massage and facial treatments because of its ability to quickly address problem areas.

For the body, cupping can help treat pain, especially in the neck, face, jaw, shoulders and hips. It is used for general detoxification as it helps eliminate toxins in the blood, and pairs beautifully with several sessions in an infrared sauna. It can help increase organ health. Cosmetically, cupping is used for cellulite, as the cups help release unhealthy adhesions between the fat and fascia, allowing the body to metabolize fat more effectively.

On the face, cupping can lift the skin away from the muscles, resulting in a plumper complexion. Gently gliding cups in a rhythmic pattern over the face assists in lymphatic drainage, increasing health and a youthful vitality to the skin. It has also been used to ease tension and jaw pain associated with TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder).

We asked DiMatteo, the owner of Resonance Spa where cupping is offered, a few more questions.

When did you first hear about cupping?

I have been studying traditional and complementary medicines for most of my life and have known about cupping for at least 30 years. Cupping is originally from China, but is practiced on every continent in various forms and methods. 

How common is cupping here in Marin?

I only know of a handful of practitioners in the county who are truly devoted to the practice of cupping, but people are starting to request it. Following the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, when Michael Phelps and the USA Swimming Olympic

Team were all proudly displaying their cupping marks, articles and features on cupping started showing up all over the web and on the news. It generated a lot of curiosity about the practice. Cupping is definitely not for everyone, but there are many people for whom it can be a life-changing therapy.

What happens during a cupping session? 

Cupping treatments generally last about 15 to 30 minutes. The overall sensation of the cups can range from a mild suction, tightness or tingling to what is often described as a “good pain.” During the session, the therapist is watching the color patterns that may emerge within the cup and will determine the degree of stagnation that exists in the tissue. The darker the color, the more deoxygenated blood is present and the better the results.

Cupping marks can last up to a week or more – the typical length of time is two to five days.

Any success stories?

For me, every cupping treatment is a miracle in its own way. I have had the pleasure of witnessing people walk away from a single cupping session almost entirely liberated from debilitating chronic pain. I once worked with a woman who had been suffering from daily migraines for years. She had tried many medications as well as Botox injections in the muscles around the face, head and neck. Not only were these therapies not helpful, they were causing some troubling side effects. After a single cupping session, she experienced several days of relief and by her fourth session over about a six-week period, she is migraine-free. A truly extraordinary experience!

Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Subscribe to RSS Feed
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags


Monica Gray and Adam Fong at Nice Guys Delivery

Nice Guys Delivery is a service dedicated to educating and guiding our members about the validated benefits of cannabis for health. [Sponsored]

A Ride for Good at Halleck Creek Ranch

This scenic Nicasio ranch runs therapeutic horseback rides for people with disabilities, offering a unique experience. [Sponsored]

Developing Mavericks with Aligned Learning

Suzanne Lettrick, CEO of Aligned Learning, is championing learners of all ages to courageously grow into the explorers, creators, revolutionaries, thinkers, poets and mavericks they are destined to become. [Sponsored]

Top 5 CBD Products for Flu & Cold Season

CBD can help with pain and anxiety, but did you know that it can also help you beat the cold or flu? [Sponsored]

Cannabis for Lovers: How to use Cannabis as an Aphrodisiac

February is for lovers, and lovers who add cannabis into their routine are in for a treat! [Sponsored]
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from this Author

The Magic of Magic Giant

The band's lead singer Austin Bisnow chats with Marin Magazine about their first album's successful debut before their upcoming performance at August Hall.

Monica Gray and Adam Fong at Nice Guys Delivery

Nice Guys Delivery is a service dedicated to educating and guiding our members about the validated benefits of cannabis for health. [Sponsored]

Adaptogen Advice

The buzz surrounding adaptogens has been building for the past few years, but is it worth it?
Edit ModuleShow Tags