Cupping is an ancient treatment used predominantly in Chinese traditional medicine and is a great complementary treatment to massage. This therapy involves warming and placing glass cups on the skin. By warming the air within the cup, a vacuum is created, and when it is applied to the skin, the tissue is drawn up into the cup. This increases the blood flow, loosens the fascia or connective tissue, and is thought to stimulate healing. It is similar to the way deep tissue massage can be used to break up scar tissue and reduce pain. The cups are placed on the back, neck, shoulders or the site of pain and will be re-positioned by gliding – massaging to ensure the best result.
The condition of a client and the degree of suction, will be well considered and consulted before each treatment. Cupping won’t be performed on clients who have trouble with bleeding, clotting, open wounds or who are taking blood thinners.
Bear in mind, the cups may leave round bruising, depending upon the degree of suction created by the vacuum and the level of internal stagnation. This condition may last anywhere from a few days to two weeks.