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What is 'Cupping'?

In this article, I explain the history of Cupping Massage and it's benefits.

Cupping using silicone baguanfa cups
Silicone cups for cupping massage

Cupping Massage, Cupping Therapy or Cupping is a type of vacuum therapy dating back thousands of years. References to #cupping can be found in ancient Greek, Egyptian and Chinese medicine. Ancient cultures used hollowed out animal horns, bones, bamboo, nuts, seashells and gourds to purge bites, pustules, infections and skin lesions from the body. The earliest recorded use of Cupping is from the famous Taoist alchemist and herbalist, Ge Hong (281–341 A.D.).

Over the years, cupping has evolved. In modern times, practitioners use glass, silicone or hard plastic cups. These cups are applied to various parts of the body using suction.

By creating a vacuum, cupping lifts and separates tissues, increases local circulation and helps stimulate the lymphatic system.

Imagine the circulatory and lymphatic systems of the body as a stream. After a severe storm, sometimes debris builds up in a stream, causing blockages. The stream doesn't flow as smoothly and easily. In the body, these blockages can be a buildup of metabolic waste, cellular debris, and pathogenic factors. Cupping helps clear these blockages, allowing the circulatory and lymphatic systems to flow more freely.

Cupping can leave marks on the skin. It is important to note these are NOT bruises. Bruises are formed by a compression force. Cupping is the opposite! The marks generally fade anywhere from 1-2 days after treatment, but can last up to 2 weeks or longer.

Cupping has many benefits. These include:

- Clearing stagnation

- Draining & moving fluids

- Relieving inflammation

- Nervous System Sedation

- Expelling congestion

- Stretching muscle & connective tissue

- Loosening adhesions

- Nourishing blood supply to the skin

Cupping can be applied in a variety of ways. In addition to leaving the cups stationary on stagnant, congested spots, silicone cups can also be glided over the skin. This provides a unique sensation with effects similar to deep tissue #massage. Range of motion and stretches can also be performed with cups applied.

If you would like to know more about cupping, or experience it for yourself, book a session today!

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