What is Cupping?
Cupping therapy is an ancient tradition used in many parts of the world. It involves placing a flame inside a glass cup to create a vacuum and immediately placing the cup onto the skin, this creates a suction which separates the individual layers of the fascia as it draws them up into the cup.
How does Cupping Work?
Cupping removes blockages and congestion in the muscles and tendons. it brings old stagnant blood to the surface of the skin, stimulating the release of retained fluid. It promotes the smooth flow of Qi in the meridian system and improves circulation of fresh blood, and lymph, detoxifying and nourishing the cells. This improved blood supply releases tension, relieves muscle and tendon pain and rebalances the nervous system.
How can Cupping Help?
Cupping is a powerful therapy, its warming and dispersing actions can benefit a range disorders including:
- Musculoskeletal conditions such as: back ache, neck ache, pain and tingling in arms and shoulders, sciatic pain
- Nervous system conditions such as: anxiety, depression, insomnia, tension headaches
- Digestive system conditions such as: constipation, indigestion, Irritable bowel syndrome, weight loss
- Respiratory system conditions such as: asthma, bronchitis, cough, common cold, fever
- Cosmetic conditions such as: cellulite, fluid retention
How is Cupping Applied?
Cupping is applied in a number of different ways:
- Retained cupping: cups are positioned over specific points, often acupuncture points to stimulate particular areas of the body
- Sliding cupping: performed over the back and shoulders following the application of massage oil; releases tension and promote deep relaxation.
- Quick Cupping: cups repeatedly placed over a specific area of pain or discomfort and immediately withdrawn; strong stimulation to clear pain and congestion.