What is it?
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!
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
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
HOw does it feel and 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.