Cupping therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C. It can be done with multiple different types of cups - glass, plastic and bamboo. The cup is applied to the skin, then the pressure in the cup is reduced. This is done either by suction or heat, drawing the skin, superficial muscles tissue and fascia inside the cup.
What does it do?
Cupping works with the meridian points (energy lines) the same as acupuncture does. Where as new research and practice also uses the cups for massage and myofascial release.
The cups lift the skin and fascial layers, drawing up the old non-circulating stagnant blood from the area and increasing blood flow. The increased blood flow brings more nutriance and oxygen to the area, promoting the repair of the tissue. Paired with massage (with cup or manual) you can then encourage the waste products to the lymph's to be removed from the body. The lifting of the superficial muscles and fascial layers inside the cup, paired with the movement of the cups can create a stretching effect.
How can you benifit from Cupping?
- Increase blood flow to the area being cupped
- Reduce muscle pain and muscular tension
- Reduce Congestion in the nervous system
- Lifts and stretches soft tissue to separate fascial restriction
- Increase range of movement and flexibility in joints
- Move waste products in the muscles, enabling normal lymphatic flow.
Cupping Therapy can be used as a relaxation treatment, Deep Tissue Massage and on the Meridian Points.
How the Cups are used
Cupping can be used by keeping the cup constantly moving, leaving the cup on a tight area or leaving the cup on meridian points. When the cups are left stationary the blood is drawn to the area. This can create a circular coloured area under the cup depending on how long the cup is left for and how much waste product is brought to the surface from the effected area. You can leave a cup on one point for up to 15min.
If you would like to reduce the chance of marks on the skin left by a stationary cup, they can be used with movement. However please be aware that we can not guarantee at any point when using cups that you wont be marked. The marks left by the cups are not dangerous and will fade in time. It can take between a few hours and a few days, deepening on how long the cups have been on for.