What is Cupping?
Cupping is the use of various instruments to apply suction to the body's tissues. The often-used fire cupping involves flashing fire into a glass cup to burn off the oxygen, the cup is then placed on the body, creating a vacuum. This vacuum pressure stimulates blood and lymph circulation to lift, release and hydrate tight muscles and fascia. The cups may be left in place or moved by the therapist, to address specific areas. Dark circles may appear where the cups were placed due to the capillaries just under the skin; this is not the same as a bruise and often disappears within days.
How does cupping work?
Cupping improves circulation; this allows oxygen and nutrients to repair damaged tissue and remove surface toxins and stagnation. Drawing the skin up into the cup is beleived to open up the skin's pores, which helps to stimulate the flow of blood, balances and realigns the flow of qi, breaks up obstructions, and creates an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body. Cupping irelieves muscular tension and spasm in a therapeutic and relaxing manner.
What does cupping treat?
- inflammatory conditions such as bursitis and tendonitis
- muscular tension
- stagnant lymph and edema
- flaccid and undernourished skin and muscle tissue
- chronic and acute pain