Bodywork techniques to ask about: try these lesser-known massage modalities

Bodywork techniques to ask about: try these lesser-known massage modalities

It’s no doubt massage is a nice thing you can do for your body and soul. You’ve probably had a professional massage and can confidently request a relaxing massage versus a deep tissue massage. But did you know some less familiar massage modalities might be just the treatment you need?



Cupping is a short-term non-aggressive treatment to open the body’s tissues quickly. An excellent add-on during a massage session, therapeutic silicone cups create a type of vacuum therapy at the skin’s surface.

Cupping can alleviate chronic adhesive tissue and stagnation of metabolic waste. Even light suction pressure is useful as a lymphatic modality.



Kinesio-taping (K-tape for short) is a means of gently and continually opening the fascia for a few days. K-tape is used for extending the efficacy of a cupping treatment or as an add-on service after a therapeutic massage session. K-tape is a waterproof adhesive bandage that maintains tension on the skin’s surface to manipulate the fascia. A similar effect to cupping, K-tape is gentle, benefiting the recipient over time.


Benefits of Cupping and K-Tape

Cupping and K-tape can be used strategically depending on the recipient’s therapeutic goals. Both offer numerous benefits.

  • Improved Circulation
  • Detox and Immune Boosting
  • Cellulite

Your massage therapists can work with you to identify if cupping or K-tape (or a combination) would be a beneficial addition to your bodywork plan.

By Dr. Bryen A. Bell, a Board-Certified Chiropractic Physician with over 20 years of professional experience. Contact Dr. Bell at True Potential Chiropractic family care facility. Call 503-574-4872 or visit

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