Cupping therapy is usually used as a part of Acupuncture. Its been a part of Chinese medicine for over 2,500 years. Originally, animal horn was the original cup.
Fire cupping is the traditional most effective method however some use suction cup method & just don’t use flame. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues when the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place.
There two main cupping techniques: stationery & moving. Stationery cups are placed on the skin and left for a period of five to fifteen minutes in one location, or four or six cups may be applied and removed cyclically in a technique called “flash cupping”. These are the methods most commonly used in chinese medicine. Prior to applying the cup, oil is administered to the skin to facilitate smooth movement. Cupping can be used on the neck, shoulders, back,hip, abdomen, thighs,upper arms & calves. The sensation of cupping is often characterized as deep warmth & tingling long after the treatment has ended. Cupping is not an irritant to the skin or body.The skin will redden with strong cupping indicating that circulation has been brought to the surface. Application of essential oils immediately following a cupping treatment will aid absorption deep into the tissue.The increased local blood supply will nourish the muscles and skin & allow toxins to be carried away. Massage cupping is also effective in treating cellulite. A light suction provides drainage, white heavier application can be used to stimulate, circulate & loosen adhesions or “dimpling” Cupping therapy enables the therapist to go deeper without discomfort to the client
» Improvement of circulatory function
» Regulating & betterment of automatic nervous system
» Removal of pain
» Relaxation of stiff muscles& tendons
» Facilitates the flow of the lymph
» Improves the flow of Blood within the joints
» Improves the secretion of the Digestive fluids
» The most dramatic effect is upon the skin & the body fluid flow in the arteries & veins increases,
» Thus resulting into detoxification. It helps open up the chest & benefits the lungs. Therefore useful in respiratory problems.