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What is Cupping?

Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (either by heat or suction)Modern Cupping uses suction only,  in order to draw and hold skin and superficial muscles inside the cup. Sometimes, while the suction is active, the cup is moved, causing the skin and muscle to be pulled. This is called gliding cupping.

Cupping is based on the meridian theory of the body. On one hand, cupping removes any stagnation in the body and opens the meridians so that qi can flow freely. On the other, it also helps to rejuvenate certain meridians and organs that are not functioning at their best. From a scientific standpoint, cupping is known to help activate the lymphatic system, promote blood circulation, and is good for deep tissue repair.

What Cupping Can Help

Cupping is generally recommended for the treatment of deep muscle pain and movement restriction.

Most sports related pain and discomfort concerns.

The Cupping Process

In order to allow the cups to move over the skin easily, oil is used. Oils that have been infused with extracts of essential oils are particularly useful. The cups are applied at room temperature, and there is some friction generated with moving cups, causing a small but significant amount of heat, especially if a warming oil is also used.

Cups are generally left in place for ten minutes although the time can range from five to fifteen minutes. The skin will redden due to the congestion of blood flow. The cup is removed from the skin by pressing the skin on one side, allowing some outside air to enter and thus equalise the pressure. Some bruising on the skin where the rim of the cup is to be expected.

PLEASE NOTE CONTRAINDICATIONS: Should not be used on inflamed skin, where there is a high fever,  or an increased tendency to bruise, or on the abdominal or lower back area during pregnancy. 

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