Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese method of relieving local congestion. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. The massage cups draw up the underlying tissues and creates negative pressure. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed, and localized healing takes place.
Cupping therapy has been further developed as a means to open the meridians of the body. Meridians are the conduits in the body through which energy flows to every part of the body and through every organ and tissue. There are five meridians on the back that, when opened, allow invigorating energy to travel the whole length of the body. It has been found that massage cupping is probably the best way of opening those meridians.
Cupping therapy can be done under certain conditions for lymphatic drainage and also has been know to work well for improving the appearance of cellulite, scars and stretch marks.
Cupping therapy has also been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins. Cupping is equivalent to a deep tissue massage without the pain associated with restoring muscle health. The cupping technique, is very useful and very safe.
At the massage and Bodywork Clinic we practice both traditional cupping therapy and medical cupping.