Cupping in massage

Cupping is used as an adjunct or complementary therapy alongside massage. Cupping is believed to help the body’s natural efforts to self heal.

It is also used to help with digestive and menstrual ailments; and opening the chest and lungs.

Cupping is applied to areas of pain or discomfort; or on specific areas of the body to promote relaxation and tension release, the release of stagnant blood, and dispel internal heat identified in the Traditional Chinese Medicine principles of Yin and Yang – heat and coldness.

Cupping can have a sedative effect, and often helps our clients achieve a deep state of relaxation, lightness and flexibility in the area of pain thus helping to improve restrictions to the range of movement.

How cupping works

Cupping uses negative air pressure, created within the cup, either through vacuum or traditionally by heating the air in a cup or glass. When warmed, the cup is place upside down on the skin and as the air cools the air pressure within the cup falls and the positive air pressure outside the cup forces the skin and some soft tissues into the cup. This draws new blood closer to the surface of the skin, and improves local and general circulation. After a week or so red to dark red circles left on the skin after cupping usually disappear, with no side effects.

Cupping techniques

Stationary cupping can last 10 to 15 minutes while massage cupping involves the use of oil which allows the cup to slide across the skin without breaking the air seal.

This creates a reverse pressure form of massage to release tension, pain and congestion in the muscles, and improve flexibility.

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