“Cupping” refers to a therapy that uses special types of cups containing reduced air pressure (light suction) on the surface of the skin. And it’s not new. It has a long history of use going back thousands of years by peoples across the globe.
Cupping is so beneficial because it:
- Relives pain
- Helps the body recover faster from injuries
- Detoxifies the body
- Promotes relaxation
So its long history makes sense.
The action created when using cupping is simple in principle, but powerful in action. Cupping creates suction between the cup and the skin that help:
- Release tight tissues
- Sedate the nervous system
- Increases blood and lymph flow to skin, muscles and connective tissues.
This draws cellular waste products in the muscles and fascia towards the skin. Which then helps the knots and tension in the muscles to release.
This buildup of cellular waste in tissues can be very hard for the body to remove. When the blood and lymph circulation is sluggish or cannot spread to the cells, waste by-products start to clog up the system. The suction from the cupping moves stagnant blood and fluids from painful areas. It transports these waste products to the skin level allowing the return of healthy free circulation to the affected area. This creates space for the living cells, oxygen, and nutrients needed for healing. On the skin level, the body’s capillary system can carry the toxins away for metabolization and excretion.
In areas where there is stagnation, cupping will leave marks that show the stagnation has moved from the deeper tissue layers to the surface. These marks will disappear within three days to a week depending on the underlying issue.
Once the suction has occurred, the cups can be gently moved across the skin (called “gliding cupping), or left in place for about ten minutes. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation. Cupping and acupuncture are typically used together in a treatment, but cupping can consist of the entire treatment.