Cupping therapy involves warming and placing cups on the skin. The negative pressure creates a vacuum when applied to the skin, drawing body tissue up into the cup. This increases blood flow, loosens the fascia or connective tissue, and helps stimulate healing. Similar to or even a complimentary treatment to deep tissue massage, cupping therapy can be used to break up scar tissue and reduce pain. The cups are commonly placed on the back, neck, and shoulders or the specific site of pain. Cupping may cause temporary discoloration and soreness, depending upon the degree of suction created by the vacuum and duration of the treatment. This effect is considered to be a desirable outcome of the treatment, as the body can then begin its natural healing process.
Cupping Therapy will help your body heal naturally
Mind, Mood + Beauty
- Promotes a great sense of relaxation and revived energy
- Stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system to calm the body
- Can reduce depression and boost mood
- Promotes tighter, healthier skin + complexion
- Reduces cellulite
- Promotes better quality sleep
Health + Wellness
- Improves immune system support, decreasing incidence of cold, flu and congestion
- Facilitates faster recovery from injury or surgery
- Decreases pain associated fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
- Alleviates symptoms from migraines, joint disorders, rheumatoid diseases, fibromyalgia + psoriasis
- Relieves pain associated with muscle soreness, back pain + spasms
- Boosts lymph draining + blood circulation
Sports + Fitness
- Boosts energy levels + performance
- Accelerates recovery from training + competition
- Reduces scar tissue, blockages, and adhesions
- Improves muscle mobility, recovery, and joint function
- Reduces fatigue, inflammation + muscle soreness
Frequently Asked Questions about Cupping Therapy
How long has cupping been around?
Cupping therapy is a form of holistic treatment that uses suction on specific pressure points on the body to remove obstructions and help the body’s natural healing. Cupping therapy has been used for thousands of years to cure many ailments, dating back the most ancient Chinese treatment for pulmonary tuberculosis. It can also be used to treat skin, blood, respiratory, back pain, nerve conditions and much more.
What is cupping used to treat?
The suction and negative pressure created by cupping therapy can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and relax the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping therapy can relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite. Cupping can even help with colds, cough, and acne. It is even been used to help recovery from stroke.
How do I feel after the treatment?
Most people report that cupping provides that “ah, yes” sense of relaxation as tensions and blockages are extracted from your tissues. Like any kind of deep tissue work, drink plenty of water after your session to flush the toxins that have been released by your tissues. It is recommended not do any kind of strenuous physical activity immediately after your session. Allow your body an afternoon or evening’s worth of time to allow yourself to soak in the gentle feelings of relief and ease that are the result of your muscles and blood being stimulated by the pressure from the treatment.
Is cupping painful?
When performed by an expert therapist, cupping is not painful. Most patients are likely to experience only a slight pinching sensation or the pressure from the vacuumed suction on the top of the skin. On the contrary, much like acupuncture, cupping therapy is profoundly relaxing and leaves you feeling soothed and relaxed with tensions released. Patients might notice a circular bruise-like coloration where the cups were placed after treatment due to the accumulated blood and blockages pulled out of the tissues. However, they are not painful, and cupping therapists might perform massage therapy and hydration to assist in the healing of these marks.
Who should not do cupping therapy?
Cupping is contraindicated in cases of severe diseases including cardiac or renal failure, ascites (severe abdominal edema) as well as hemorrhagic diseases such as allergic pupura, hemophilia and leukemia. Clients with dermatosis, destruction of skin, or allergic dermatitis should not do cupping therapy. Cupping should not be applied on the portion where a hernia exists or has occurred.
How long does discoloration last?
The discoloration is an effect of the pooled blood and stagnation pulled from the tissues to be flushed back into the lymphatic system to promote the body’s natural healing. The color and pattern of the marks depend on the level of stagnation in the area. Depending on the intensity of the color, the marks usually last 3 days to a week.