Cupping is another treatment that falls under the heading of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a technique that I was taught at college. You may have already seen celebrities or sports stars with the large round red circles on their backs and wondered what they have had done, well it was most likely cupping. Used alongside acupuncture or on its on Cupping has numerous benefits — it can help remove toxins from the body and stimulate the flow of fresh blood, lymph, and Qi to the affected area and throughout the body.
- clear congestion from a common cold
- loosen muscles
- sedate the nervous system
- encourage blood flow
- relieve back and neck pain
- stiff muscles
- improve metabolism
Cupping is a method of breaking up the blockage to restore the body’s natural flow of energy.
Cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses small glass cups or bamboo jars as suction devices that are placed on the skin to disperse and break up stagnation and congestion by drawing congested blood and energy to the surface.The therapist will simply place the cups on the skin and can either leave them there or with the application an oil the cups can be glided across the skin. The cups attach to the skin via suction, with glass cups this suction is obtained with the use of a flame. The flame is placed inside the cup to burn off the oxygen and create a vacuum, this allows it to adhere to the skin. At no time does the flame come in to contact with the skin and is perfectly safe. An alternative is suction cups, this are placed on to the skin and then the air is drawn out of them through a hand pump. Both versions are as good as each other.
Chinese philosophy says:
“Where there’s stagnation, there will be pain. Remove the stagnation, and you remove the pain.”
One way to think about cupping is that it is the inverse of massage. Rather than applying pressure to muscles, the suction uses pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscles upwardYou usually will feel a tight sensation in the area of the cup. Often, this sensation is relaxing and soothing. Depending on the condition being treated, cups may be moved around or left in place. They may remain on your body briefly or for longer amounts of time.
Cupping causes the skin to temporarily turn red, blue or purple, especially if there is an injury or energetic blockage under the area that was cupped. The skin discoloration can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, but is rarely painful. Once the marks have cleared, the procedure can be repeated until the condition or ailment is resolved.
So, if you want to give it a go why not book in.
You’ll be surprised at just how painless it is and how much benefit you receive from it.
I would advise steering clear of cupping if you’re on blood thinners orhave trouble with bleeding or clotting, or you have an open wound
You can watch a snippet of cupping here on this video.