'Cupping' is an ancient form of Chinese therapy in which a glass, bamboo, or plastic cup is applied to the skin. Pressure is then reduced in the cup by either heat or suction to draw the skin inside. This method is applied to certain trigger or acupuncture points on the body, or to areas that have been affected by pain or muscle/fascia tightness. This action draws blood from your vessels into your tissue and 'tricks' your body into thinking it has an injury, forcing it to 'jumpstart' a positive inflammatory response by mobilising antibodies to the area to try to heal it. After a short consultation, the treatment begins with a deep tissue massage, followed by cups being applied to the key areas of concern for approximately 10-15 minutes.
How will it help me?
Cupping differs from massage because rather than applying pressure onto the muscle tissue directly, cupping aids the recovery process in the body by increasing the blood flow to the affected areas, which help accelerate the repair of the damaged muscle fibers, and flushes blood into the tight muscle tissue. It also assists the repairing of muscle scars and overall body wellness.
The benefits of cupping include:
Reducing muscle tension and tightness
Helps muscle scars
Relieves deep muscular issues and reduces muscle spasms
Detoxifies the skin and circulatory system
Stimulates blood flow
Drains the lymph and cellular debris to promote healthy circulation and help strengthen the immune system
Separate layers of connective tissue to bring hydration and blood flow to body tissues
Lifts and stretchs soft tissue to separate fascial restrictions
Increases range of movement and flexibility in joints