Cupping 2

Cupping is one of the oldest forms of medical treatment and has been part of traditional medical systems in countries such as China, Japan, Korea and Egypt. Also known as myofaxcial decompression, cupping involves the suction of a glass cup, performed by creating a vacuum with a flame or pump before being placed on the body.

What does it involve?

Negative pressure from within the cup allows the pores of the skin to open up and, by lifting the local tissues, it encourages lymphatic drainage and fluid movement. The tissue becomes more mobile which softens underlying muscles, improves flexibility and reduces scar tissue adhesions.

Cupping can affect tissues up to 4 inches deep from the external skin. The cups are left from 5 to 20 minutes, depending on the nature of the presenting condition(s). They can be applied to certain acupuncture points as well as parts of the body that have been affected by pain. The skin will redden due to the congestion of blood flow.

Cupping will however often leave circular bruises in areas where the fascia is especially tight and where there is a particular need for the blood and lymph circulation to be supported.  These bruises are completely painless and can often last 2-7 days.

What is it used for?

  • Sport performance and recovery
  • Muscle pain
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Respiratory conditions such as coughs, colds, asthma
  • Anxiety, stress and tiredness