Cupping Therapy

Cupping Therapy is the application of a vacuum to the skin’s surface for a therapeutic effect.

Cupping is a traditional therapy that has been used by most cultures in one form or another throughout history. Africans and Nth American natives used buffalo horns as cupping vessels, and women healers in villages throughout Europe and Russia continue the practice of cupping on relatives and neighbours and pass down their knowledge as a family tradition. Today in Vietnam, cupping is seen commonly in clinics, homes and street vendors, while in China much research has been carried out on cupping and it is extensively used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Cupping is used to move vital energy, correct internal imbalances and clear the effects of external injury. It is usually performed by putting a flame into a glass cup and placing it immediately onto the skin. The vacuum created produces a suction effect that increases blood circulation the local area, relaxes muscle tissue and releases the factors causing pain. Modern cupping methods also use silicon cups that do not require a flame for suction.

 

Benefits of Cupping

  • Stretches and unwinds fascia at the superficial and deep levels
  • Stimulates the local nervous system, causing an increase of endorphins and a decrease in pain
  • Loosens and releases adhesions
  • Relieves inflammation after the acute stage
  • Relaxes the nervous system
  • Increases blood supply to the treatment area
  • Breaks up and expels congestion and toxins
  • Moves and drains excess fluids
  • Stretches and releases all types of muscles and soft tissues
  • Provides deep tissue work without discomfort
  • Strengthens the immune system by promoting the flow of lymphatic fluid
  • Improves circulation to reduce inflammation
  • Pulls stagnant intercellular fluid to the surface, removes toxic debris and replaces it with fresh oxygenated, nutrient rich fluid.

 

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