What is Cupping?

Cupping MassageCupping is one of the best deep-tissue therapies available. It is thought to affect tissues up to 4 inches deep from the external skin. The suction and negative pressure can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, lower blood pressure, and sedate the nervous system. Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite. Toxins are released, blockages are cleared, and blood is circulated. Even hands, wrists, legs, and ankles can be ‘cupped,’ as there are many different sizes of cups.

Cupping is the application of glass or silicone cups containing reduced air pressure (light suction) on the surface of the skin. A vacuum is created causing the skin to be lightly sucked into the cup. Cups are left in place for 5 minutes to ½ hour. They can be left stationary or moved along the skin in a gliding motion with oil.  It is also called Fire Cupping, Chinese cupping therapy, Chinese Medicine Cupping and cupping treatment.

Cupping will alleviate the following:

• Muscle Pain
• Joint Pain/Swelling (Arthritis)
• Tense Stiff Shoulders
• Frozen Shoulder
• Sciatica
• Diminished Range of Motion
• Muscle spasms
• Common Cold or Flu
• High fever
• Congestion (throat and lungs)

Benefits of cupping include:

• Improved blood circulation
• Improved flexibility
• Better energy flow
• Loosens tight muscles
• Stimulates digestive system and nervous system
• Clears colon blockages
• Causes the tissues to release toxins
• Activates the skin, veins, arteries and capillaries
• Activates the lymphatic system

Cupping vs Massage

Cupping is much like the inverse of massage – rather than applying pressure to your muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. This is relaxing and relieves pain, giving you a feeling of flexibility and lightness. Cupping is an extremely beneficial therapy; at once painless, safe and inexpensive.

Fire Cupping

Fire means using a flame to create the suction in glass cups and then applying them to the body. They can be applied a number of times in succession, they can be stationary, or they could be moved around with oil to create a relaxing massage (gliding cupping or running cupping). I do traditional fire cupping and I use silicone cups. Both work amazingly well.

Cellulite Treatments

Oil is applied to the skin, and then the cups are moved up and down the surrounding area. This is called running cupping, or gliding cupping as I slide the cups along your skin. It yields amazing results as it breaks down the stubborn cellulite giving an overall smooth and less rippling and dimples appearance. It also loosens the fibers that hold the skin to the muscle, which often get tight and force fat through them, making a dimpling look on the surface. Of ALL the treatments I have ever done, cupping yields the absolute best results for cellulite.

Cupping aids weight loss by moving fluids and fat to lymphatic drainage areas. It breaks up stubborn fat so it can be broken down and escorted out of your body.

Cupping Assists the Following Issues:

• High blood pressure
• Lung infections
• Arteriosclerosis
• Stroke
• Vertigo
• Insomnia
• Headaches (Migraines)
• Stomach aches
• Respiratory disorders like bronchitis and asthma
• Gastric disorders like diarrhea, dysentery and constipation
• Intestinal disorders
• Kidney disorders
• Gallbladder disorders
• Gynecological Disorders
• Liver disorders
• Depression
• Rheumatism
• Anxiety
• Fatigue
• Cellulite

How Cupping Works

When pain is felt, it is due to a lack of oxygen to the cells (regardless of the cause or type of pain). When the blood and lymph circulation is sluggish or compromised in an area, or cannot be spread to the cells, waste by-products start to clog up the system.

The suction between the cup and the skin causes the muscle and skin to separate slightly. This allows for cellular waste products in the muscles and fascia to be drawn towards the skin. This helps the knots and tension in the muscles to release.

The technique heals injuries and sore muscles by drawing the stagnated blood out of the muscles into the skin where it is more easily expelled by the body, greatly minimizing down time and speeding up recovery.

If there has been injury or stagnation in the muscles for some time, circular red or purple blotches may appear on the skin if the cups are left stationary for a number of minutes. The red marks offer evidence that the stagnation and pathogens are being released. These dark spots can take several days to dissipate, but they are painless.  If you are going to a party, you might not want to wear a backless dress, unless you are Gwyneth Paltow who cupping marks with pride to the Oscars!!

Colds and Flu

Because cupping draws pathogenic factors to the surface, it is often used for treating colds and the flu. One of the cardinal signs of coming down with a cold is a stiff neck and aching upper back muscles. This is where your Immune system is fighting to keep the infection from entering deeper levels of your body. Cupping alleviates colds and flu.

History of Fire Cupping

The earliest record of cupping is in Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest medical textbooks in the world. It describes in 1,550 B.C. Egyptians used cupping. Archaeologists have found evidence in China of Chinese cupping dating back to 1,000 B.C. In ancient Greece, Hippocrates (c. 400 B.C.) used cupping for internal disease and structural problems. Taoist herbalist Ge Hong documents cupping in his ‘Handbook of Prescriptions for Emergencies’ in 300 AD.
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