Cupping Therapy is a Chinese medicine technique that has been used for centuries for many different conditions. The superficial muscle layer is drawn up into the cup, which stimulates the circulation of blood, breaks up adhesions, and creates a pathway for toxins to be drawn out of the body through the lymphatic system. It has been found that cupping can affect tissues up to 4 inches deep; affecting blood vessels, fascia, muscles, and scar tissue.
There are two techniques in our cupping therapy session. Stationary cup technique is used where one or several cups are placed in the treatment zone for 5-10 minutes. Gliding cup technique is used when a topical ointment or liniment is placed on the skin first and the cups are gently moved across the skin along fascia / muscle planes.
Cupping commonly causes superficial bruising due to capillary breakage. The temporary discoloration that results is not painful. Traditional Chinese Medicine regards the appearance of this bruising as an indication that toxins and stagnation are being pulled to the surface of the body, restoring blood flow.
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