Health Benefits of Cupping?

Cupping Massage

Ever see someone walking down the street with big purple marks looking like they had a tight hug from an octopus? Some kind of new tribal tattoo? Nope. It’s an ancient healing technique that has been used by cultures across the globe for thousands of years. Cupping is a suction technique designed to pull toxin build up and muscle spasm from the body’s deeper tissue to the surface of the skin. By detoxing the tissues of metabolic waste, pain is alleviated and normal range of motion is restored.

As you know, cells use oxygen and release carbon dioxide ; when the energy of an area is blocked, the cellular waste or carbon dioxide gets blocked. This is called acid or toxin build up. Pain indicates that there is a blockage in the flow of energy and blood to the affected area. When toxins or cell waste stagnates in the joints or muscles, it can be difficult for the body to get rid of the waste, causing further blockage and pain. The cupping suction brings the waste to the surface of the skin where we have an infinite network of capillaries that carry the waste away while supplying the area with fresh oxygenated blood. This new blood nourishes and vitalizes the tissues, tendons, muscles and ligaments, speeding recovery. The healing process can be shortened by weeks, in some cases months, by using this method that manually removes the blockage in ways that acupuncture needles, massage, and other forms of treatment cannot.

What is cupping used for ?

  • Muscle spasm and pain in the neck, shoulders, back and sacrum
  • Releasing toxins from medications, smoking, environmental exposures

Are there different kinds of cupping ?  YES!

Moving cups is typically done with glass cups holding a light enough suction for the practitioner to move the cups over small areas such as a neck and regions as large as an entire back.  It feels like a deep tissue massage, and is far more relaxing than stationery cups which have a STRONG suction in order to deeply remove toxic overload.

Stationery cups stay in one place for up to ten minutes only.  The initial placement of a row of cups can be a little tight but the discomfort is only for 1 short minute.  The lasting pain relief  makes it well worth it!

Are there any cautions ?

Cupping should not been done over rashes, and should be done lightly with children, the elderly and someone who is weak from illness.