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Basic Cupping Techniques

So you're ready to try Cupping Therapy? That's fantastic! Outlined below are the primary techniques used by professionals around the world!

Static / Stationary Cupping

When cups are applied and left in one spot, this is called static or stationary cupping. This technique is best for localized problems and you can use 1 cup or several cups with this technique. We recommend that you start with approximately 3-5 minutes of static cupping and gradually increase the length of time up to a maximum of 15 minutes as you learn how your body is going to respond. Depending on the area where the cup is placed, it may lose its suction. If that happens, just re-apply the cup. Remove the cups immediately if you feel discomfort or pain and re-apply with less suction.

Dynamic / Massage Cupping

Dynamic or Massage Cupping is when you slide/glide the cups along the muscle. To perform this technique, you will need to apply a lubricant such as massage oil or lotion and apply the cup with a light suction. Once the cup has been applied, grasp the top of the cup, and then slide/glide it slowly across the surface of the skin. This technique will leave you feeling like you just had a deep tissue massage. You can use this technique on any area of the body, several times per week. The slower you move the cup…the better! Remove the cups immediately if you feel discomfort or pain and reapply with less suction and/or more lubricant.

Flash Cupping

The Flash Cupping technique is characterized by a quick application and removal of the cups several times in a quick succession along the area being treated. Squeeze the cup to create the suction, place it on the skin, release and then repeat for up to 15 minutes per area of the body.


Likely to become one of your favorites, the Rotation technique is incredible for softening the tissue around scars or when you have an exceptionally difficult trigger point area that needs to be convinced to relax! With the cup placed on the skin in a stationary manner, move it in small circles to encourage the muscle to move. This can be done several times per week on any area of the body. It is normal that the cup might pop off from time to time.

Remember that if you feel any discomfort or pain, remove the cups immediately and re-apply with less suction.