What is cupping therapy?
You could say that cupping therapy has been around “since Adam was a boy.” Although you may have only recently heard about cupping therapy, as it has recently gained popularity it has been used throughout the ages. Cupping is an effective way to reduce localised congestion and improve circulation by extracting stagnant blood flow. At Circle8Massage we place either glass or plastic cups directly on your skin to extract underlying tissue or stagnant/dead blood.
Generally, the cups will be placed on your skin for ten to thirty minutes, depending on your needs and the level of suction that has been applied. The cups provide localised heat and draw out the toxins using a partial vacuum effect, bringing any congested, damage or dead blood to the surface of your skin. Cupping differs from sports or deep tissue massage, as it works by generating negative pressure as opposed to positive pressure. Dry cupping is an effective method to relieve and reduce pressure from the deep-rooted tissues and muscle structures like your capillaries, nerves and fascia.
Who is cupping therapy right for?
This is a popular massage treatment option for those who have lower pain tolerances as it can effectively alleviate aches and pains without having a sports massage or deep tissue massage. Although some of our clients opt for our dry cupping treatment alongside their sports or deep tissue therapy as their opposite pressures complement each other really well. However, the one downside, which does put people off is that cupping can leave circular bruises on the skin (but they usually disappear after a few days).
Cupping is an intense massage treatment, and we’re well versed and knowledgeable at Circle8Massage in this ancient practice. Dry cupping offers an abundance of benefits and is a popular massage therapy choice for many professional sports people. Cupping Therapy is quite new to the UK and we are one of few massage practices offering the service in Leeds.
Ant was welcoming, took my pain history and talked me through what he was manipulating. Been having a lot of trouble with my left hip, went for a walk today and no hint of old pain. He sent me exercises to do after my appointment to continue to strengthen my problem areas. Will be booking again soon.
Ant is brilliant – he really knows anatomy and massage, and will not only fix you with his hands, but also send you exercises to help prevent issues reoccurring. In addition, you'll have a good chat, get film recommendations, and all with alt rock background music – far better than the usual ambient pan pipe nonsense. Highly recommended!
Ant is brilliant ! He has the knowledge of a great physio combined with strong and targeted massage technique that just works and gets me moving again ! Turned up with a sore kneee that wouldnt bend left completely fine and fixed plus a clear understanding of what had caused the problem. He even emailed me exercises later that day to help avoid future problems. Cannot recommend enough !! Thanks Ant !
Really good massage. I've been used to massage therapists just going in with their hands and not asking questions, but Jessika talked to me about my motivations for booking and then worked on the specific areas that needed it. I came out feeling like I had clouds for muscles, and my posture is already better. Amazing!
I’ve had chronic issues with my neck and back and I always leave Circle 8 feeling miles better. Ant is very knowledgeable and always makes sure to explain what may be causing the pain and discomfort. He is brilliant at what he does and is also really friendly. Definitely would recommend!
Circle8 is top notch for any niggles you might have, however big or small. Ant and the team are mega knowledgeable, they can feel exactly where you pain might be coming from, release your tension professionally, and even offer follow up exercises and mobility work to treat and prevent further issues. I’d highly recommend them to anyone looking for sports massage in Leeds city centre.
Best massage ive ever had. Ant is really friendly, great to chat to on the more painful areas of the massage and excellent aftercare advice. Wish I'd have found this place sooner! Cannot recommend enough, will definitely be back!
When you come for a massage at Circle8 we don’t just treat your issue and send you away, we find out exactly which movements and muscles are causing it, explain to you what’s actually happening, give you exercises in the gym and at home that you can do to help alleviate and eventually get rid of your issue.