Cupping therapy is a significantly different style of massage to all the others mentioned here. It often surprises the unacquainted as it is quite an extreme treatment.
Cupping Therapy is the use of specialized cups that are made out of thick round lipped durable thick plastic. Using these cups the practitioner creates a vacuum on the tissue usually in areas on the body that have a layer of muscle. This creates suction which secures the cup in place on the specific tissue leaving circular red marks on the skin that usually stay there for a few days, disappearing after approximately a week. The suction cup stays on the tissue for 5-20 minutes to get the full effect of the treatment.
The treated area usually looks quite unattractive immediately after a treatment. You will most likely have red round circles in the areas where the cups were placed. This is reflective of the blood which will have rushed to these areas during the therapy. The red marks should dissipate after a short while, although some people find they remain for a day or so.
The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, remove “heat” and pull out the toxins that linger in your body’s tissues.
One way to think about cupping is that it is the inverse of massage. Rather than applying pressure to muscles, the suction uses pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscles upward.
The cup suction can affect our bodies in a variety of ways :
1. Create a relaxation of muscles and local tissues.
2. Helps to loosen adhesion’s in the connective tissues around muscles and this can significantly improve the flexibility of tissue
3. Promotes blood flow in the injured or restricted area and increasing healing to injured tissues.
4. Detoxify tissues which have been chronically tight and inflexible.
It often works extremely well for patients with the flu, colds, coughs, back and muscle pain, poor circulation, anxiety, red itchy skin conditions (though cups are not applied to inflamed areas), allergies, fevers, aches and a myriad of other conditions.
To help you achieve optimum health and live a pain-free, active lifestyle, book your cupping therapy session today!