Cupping therapy is an ancient form of Asian medicine that has been around for over 2,000 years. Cups are placed on the skin to create suction which increases blood flow, reduces inflammation, and activates lymphatic drainage. It is the inverse of massage- rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. Cupping brings fresh blood to the area, improves circulation and is widely used to treat pain, release toxins, improves the appearance of cellulite and much more!
How does Cupping feel? Will it cause bruising?
Most individuals find cupping relaxing resulting in muscle tension and pain relief. It is generally not painful but depending on individual sensitivity, and the intensity of the massage, there may be some discomfort. Redness of just massaged skin is an indication of increased blood flow to the area just cupped. With stationary cupping technique, there may be round marks which is an indication that toxins and blood stagnation were pulled to the surface of the skin, restoring flow of energy and healthy blood flow. The marks are temporary and will fade anywhere between a few days up to two weeks, depending on the person.
The secret behind Cupping is the inverse massage action. Unlike acupressure and massage therapy, (which compresses muscles and tissues) cupping decompresses the muscles and tissues by gently suctioning and lifting them which effectively:
- Increases the flow of Qi (Chi) energy
- Reduces inflammation
- Increases tissue flexibility
- Improves digestive function
- Relieves common cold, cough, and bronchial congestion
- Relieves muscle and joint pain
- Improves athletic performance and relieves sports injuries
- Reduces cellulite, stretch marks, and spider veins
- Relieves headaches, neck, shoulder, back, and leg pain
- Contour, tone, and firm skin
- Improves lymphatic drainage (detox)
- Relieves stress and anxiety
- Reduces fibromyalgia pain
- Reduces and helps manage sciatica pain
- Relieves abdominal cramps
- Sedates the nervous system