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If you have ever seen an athlete sporting several purple circles all across their shoulders and back and wondered what they were, you were likely looking at someone who recently attended a cupping session.

Despite the temporary bruising, cupping is a relatively painless process that is meant to relieve chronic pain, tension, soreness, and tightness. If you would like to learn more or schedule a cupping session with our team, contact Cryofire today!

What is

While it may seem like a modern trend, cupping is actually a traditional Chinese treatment that has been used for thousands of years.

Cupping sessions involve heating the air inside several glass cups, usually with fire, and placing them all over the back, neck, and shoulders. Because hot air is less dense than cold or room temperature air, a vacuum is created inside the cup that slowly lifts the skin. Your practitioner will then move the cups around your back to stimulate blood flow and relieve tension. The cupping process is similar to a massage, except instead of pressing down on the muscle tissue, it is being lifted up.

What is cupping
used for?

Cupping is utilized by athletes to relieve muscle cramps, soreness, and stiffness after workouts and before competitions.

It can also help members who have more sedentary lifestyles and experience tension and aches that are caused by sitting in front of a computer for long periods of time. Cupping also increases blood flow, breaks up scar tissue, and accelerates healing. Any member who simply wants to enhance their energy flow and blood flow is also welcome and encouraged to schedule a cupping session to see how it can benefit them!

Is cupping safe?

Cupping is generally a very safe therapy to utilize. If you have a blood disorder like hemophilia, you may want to talk to your doctor about cupping before scheduling a treatment.

Cupping also causes bruising that can last anywhere from a few days to over a week, so we recommend that members keep this in mind when scheduling cupping sessions. Otherwise, cupping typically involves no pain or a cathartic pain that subsides within a few hours of treatment. You may feel some unfamiliar pressure when the cups are first placed, but the rest of your session should feel similar to a relaxing massage.

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