Cupping Therapy can be traced back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. It’s been described as one of the oldest treatment interventions, and its history dates back to 1500 B.C.
In ancient medicine, cupping was used for lung conditions, fever and other ailments. Today, cupping is best know for the use of pain relief and musculoskeletal injuries like strains, sprains and back injuries.
How is cupping done?
Sessions start by prepping the area with a bit of oil, cups are then placed creating a suction and left stationary for anywhere between 5-10 minutes. To better target, release tension and encourage blood flow to the area/s of cancer, the therapist will also include gliding technique that will mimic a deep masssage -like feeling.
What are the cupping marks?
Because of the appearance of the cupping marks, some people might think that they are the result of a painful procedure. In reality, cupping treatment can be gentle and is rarely painful at all. In fact, depending on how the cups are applied, the therapist can create a relaxing massage. The marks left by the cups are due to the promoting of blood flow to the area, an indication that the treatment had a certain healing benefit to the body.
The marks have different shades all indicating a different characteristic about the area worked on. They can range from a pale pink to a deep purple. The darker the mark, the indication of more stagnation in the area. Depending on each person, the marks usually can last up to 10 days, fading each day a bit more.
Benefits of Cupping
Decrease muscle tension, reduce pain
Increase range of motion
Enhance blood circulation
Increase release of toxins
After a Cupping session
It is recommended to avoid the following for approximately 4-6 hours:
Hot showers, saunas, hot tubs
Caffeine, alcohol, sugar, dairy, and processed foods.
We recommend anyone with a heart, liver or kidney disease, pacemaker, blood conditions (anemia, hemophilia, or similar blood disorders), on blood thinners, or suffers from seizures to first speak with their health care provider before seeking out cupping therapy.
Don't hesitate to contact us if you are not sure if Cupping Therapy is right for you.