It might look unorthodox, but cupping therapy can be a very beneficial addition to your massage regimen.

Michael Phelps cupping therapy
Gold medalist Michael Phelps used cupping during the 2016 Summer Olympics.

If it works for a gold-medal winning swimmer, there must be something to it right?

Though it dates back millennia, cupping therapy first really hit the public eye during the 2016 Summer Olympics, when Michael Phelps showed up to the pool with large circular spots all over his body.

The first recorded mention of cupping came back around 1,550 B.C. in Ancient Egyptian textbooks. Since then cup material has evolved from animal horns into bamboo, earthenware, glass, and silicone, all of which are still used today.

Cupping can be a great way to address targeted areas of muscle pain in the body…and then some.

Cupping only takes a few minutes per area and can be pretty intense, but can deliver awesome results. Here’s how it works in a nutshell…our cups are placed on the desired area to suction up layers of connective tissue. The suction effect then works to release whatever is making the tissue “stick”.

Amy cupping Serendipity Wellness Spa
Amy, our cupping expert at Serendipity Wellness Spa in Pinellas Park, FL

More specifically, cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This may relieve muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It may also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue.

According to a 2012 review of studies, additional conditions that cupping therapy may help with include:

  • Shingles
  • Facial paralysis
  • Cough and dyspnea
  • Acne
  • Lumbar disc herniation
  • Cervical spondylosis

*Information above provided by Healthline.com*

There are actually two types of cupping: dry cupping (suction only) and wet cupping, which can also involve controlled medical bleeding. We only provide dry cupping here at Serendipity.

No better time than now to try cupping at Serendipity Wellness Spa!

As part of our Summer Daily Deals promotion, we’re bringing you the opportunity to try cupping for FREE during every “Wondering Wednesday”!

Each Wednesday through the end of September, you can receive a complimentary 15-minute cupping add-on to any 60-minute (or longer) massage you book. This will serve as a great introduction to the therapy and will be performed by Amy, our resident cupping expert.

Plus, check out the image below for additional Wondering Wednesday deals offered by other therapists!

The cupping add-on and other deals are only eligible on Wednesdays. Please call us at 727.914.7230 to book your add-ons as they aren’t available for online booking.

We look forward to opening your eyes to the world of cupping therapy!

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