What is Cupping?
Cupping is a therapy designed to stimulate the flow of Qi and blood within the superficial muscle layers. It is useful for sore muscles, tension, neck pain, chronic low back pain, acute sprain and injury and the common cold. In this therapy the acupuncturist or massage therapist will place small to large glass “cups” over specific areas on the body. A vacuum is created under the cup using heat and suction. They are then moved over a specific area or left in place. Treatment usually takes up to 20 minutes. This technique may cause bruising and redness. This is the desired result as this indicates that the superficial muscle layers have released any deep tension in the muscles.
Did you know cupping is also a great way to treat cellulite?
The suction and technique can increase the blood flow to increase circulation to break up the adipose tissue. This suction and sliding of cups feels like a deep tissue massage, this can cause bruising and redness. The bruise should dissipate to show smoother looking skin. Best results with a series of treatments.