Cupping involves the use of glass, plastic or bamboo cups to be placed on various areas of the body to be treated.
A vacuum is created within the cup to draw and hold the skin and superficial muscle layer into the cup to create a negative pressure rather than compressing the tissue (as in any other form of body work such as massage, deep tissue etc). In some cases, the cup may be moved while the suction of the skin is active.
The suction effect increases blood and lymphatic circulation systemically and to the local area, relieving pain and stimulating points and channels. It also relaxes muscle tissue facilitating rigid soft tissue release, breaks up and drains out stagnation, pathogenic factors and toxins. The suction pulling action of cupping therapy engages the parasympathetic nervous system, thus allowing a deep relaxation to move through the entire body.
Skin reddening is expected after cupping is used, especially static cupping, The redness may remain up 14 days after cupping depending on the diagnosis and level of stagnation in the body. Cupping is recommended for the treatment of pain, menstrual disorders, gastro-intestinal disorders, and more as it removes blood stasis and increases the blood flow to areas of the body that need it.
Great for stiffness, adhesions, aches/pains, coughs/colds, detox, stagnation, cellulite.