Cupping Massage

Small wonder that our clients here in Washington DC love cupping massage: not only is it therapeutic, but it feels absolutely wonderful! It’s great for relieving muscular pain, increasing blood flow, activating the lymphatic system and soothing the nervous system. Read on for more benefits of cupping massage (and note that we also offer affordable stationary cupping).  


Cupping Massage sessions are available as stand-alone services, or combined with an acupuncture treatment. Please email or call us at 202.297.7404 for scheduling (please note: Cupping Massage appointments cannot be scheduled online).

Cupping Massage at Transformational Acupuncture

Cupping is used to relax muscles, improve blood circulation, activate the lymphatic system, and calm the nervous system. Cupping is most well known for being an extremely effective therapy in treating neck, shoulder, and back pain. It can also be useful in treating respiratory conditions like asthma and in clearing chest congestion associated with colds and flus. It’s also a fantastic treatment to help enhance the immune system and can be useful in the treatment of stress and anxiety. While cupping is usually applied to the back, other areas of the body can be cupped as a way to enhance the effects of an acupuncture treatment, improve circulation, and remove blockages.

What does Cupping treat?
  • neck pain
  • back pain
  • shoulder pain
  • hip pain
  • colds/flus, chest congestion
  • anxiety
  • stress
  • migraines
  • immune system booster

Cupping involves the creation of a vacuum within small glass cups, which are then placed on the skin (usually the back). The vacuum causes suction which creates positive pressure on the skin, pulling it up into the cup. The result is deep muscle relaxation and a very enjoyable sensation – our clients love it! 

The effects are similar to that of a deep tissue massage. Cupping can create positive effects in many body tissues including the skin, muscles, blood vessels, nerves, and lymph. In these sessions, the cups are applied and moved across different muscle groups to create a “cupping massage.” For further effect, the cups are then allowed to sit on the body in “suction mode” as you rest.

How do I schedule an appointment, and what is the cost?

To book a Cupping Massage session (with or without acupuncture), please email or call us at 202.297.7404 for scheduling (these services can’t be booked online). 

The cost of a Cupping Massage appointment depends on whether or not you get it with acupuncture, and if so, whether or not you have insurance coverage for your acupuncture treatment:

  • $150: Cupping Massage with acupuncture, no insurance coverage.
  • $150: Cupping Massage without acupuncture.
  • $90 + copay owed for acupuncture: Cupping Massage with acupuncture (if you have insurance coverage for acupuncture with Aetna, Cigna or CareFirst/BCBS).

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