What is Cupping Therapy?
During Cupping Therapy a mild vacuum is created inside glass 'cups', which are then placed on the skin to provide gentle suction,. The vacuum effect of the cups creates suction that softens tissues and increases the circulation of ki, blood,and fluids. By stimulating the skin and underlying muscles, it helps release area-specific toxins that have accumulated and encourages circulation of both blood and lymph vessels.
Cupping can be used on the neck, shoulders, back, sacral area, hip, abdomen, thigh, upper arms, calves, and in some cases even the forehead or the soles of the feet, depending on the condition. The sensation of cupping is often characterized as deeply warm and relaxing. Many people find it profoundly relaxing. It releases rigid soft tissue and stubborn knots. Contracted, tense and painful muscle tissue will soften quickly with just a few minutes of cupping.
Cupping Therapy has been used for historically not only in China, but also the Middle East, Greece and Russia. Its use is now quite widespread.
Uses of Cupping Therapy
Cupping is especially effective for chronic pain, tightness, and spasm in the middle to lower back.
It is also very effective to reduce 'stuck' energy in the upper back and shoulders as a result of stress. People find this very relieving and relaxing.
Cupping therapy is widely used to treat conditions such as the common cold, and upper respiratory problems such as asthma, sore muscles, tension, neck pain, joint pain, headaches, backache, abdominal pain, indigestion and Gynaecological conditions.
Cupping may be used to reduce tension and increase relaxation in general, or to treat specific conditions. Usually used for chronic conditions, but may be used for acute flu symptoms.
Cellulite - Massage cupping is also effective in treating cellulite. A light suction provides fluid drainage, while heavier application can be used to stimulate circulation and loosen "dimpling."