August Newsletter

CUPPING THERAPY

 

Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese method of causing local congestion.  It has been practiced for thousands of years for the treatment of diseases and pain.

By creating suction and negative pressure, cupping is used to drain excess fluids & toxins; stimulate the nervous system; bring blood flow to the stagnant muscles & loosen adhesions, connective tissue & stubborn “knots”.

A partial vacuum is created in glass cups placed on the skin either by means of heat (fire flash method) or suction.  This draws up the underlying tissue of the body.

What are the benefits?

Cupping is believed to stimulate the flow of blood and lymph to the affected area.  Massage cupping is often used on broad areas on the back to break up stagnated metabolic waste & stubborn adhesions.  Cupping is not only beneficial for muscular pain; it can also be used for the following conditions:

Arthritis Colds & flu
Pain management Sciatica
Headaches Carpal Tunnel
Back Pain Post/pre event
Injury prevention Rotator Cuff
Tennis Elbow Post-Surgery
Maintenance Well Being
Migraines ITB
Cellulite Muscular tension
Sporting Injuries Lymphatic Drainage
Increased suppleness Improved muscle tone

 

Cupping therapy has been further developed as a means to open the ‘Meridians’ of the body. Meridians are 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 cupping is probably the best way of opening those meridians.

 

 

What to expect during your treatment :

The therapist will apply a number of cups to your body.  For each cup used, a vacuum is created using a naked flame.  The cup is then applied to the skin.  In order to allow easy movement of the glass, oil is applied.  The suction anchors the cup to the body and the area of skin covered is drawn up a few millimetres into the cup.  The cups are then left on the body whilst the area beneath is being treated & the energy is moved.  Generally, the cups are left on for approx. 10min as the skin begins to redden due to the congestion of blood flow.

How does it feel?

Cupping is comfortable & relaxing.  The sensation is often characterized as deep warmth and tingling long after the treatment has ended.  Cupping draws the inflammation out of the problem area yet does not add to it & is excellent when used as a contrast therapy with Chinese oils or liniments.  The skin will redden with strong cupping, indication that circulation has been brought to the surface.  The increased local blood supply to the area will nourish the muscle & skin, & allow the toxins to be carried away.

What to expect after your treatment:

THE BRUISES: After a cupping session, you will notice your skin will come up in a red/blue colouration or bruise. It is often an indication of the degree of stagnation or problem in the area.  This procedure is entirely painless.  The discolouration of the skin is not caused by broken vessels or tissue trauma, but through the drawing up of waste products to the surface for excretion.  These marks generally last only between 2-7 days.

THE TIREDNESS: Most often the effects of cupping feel the same as after a strong deep tissue massage.  Occasionally you may feel a little rundown, while the body is cleaning out the waste products.  Therefore it is very important & slow down and drink small amounts of water as often as possible.

THE RELIEF: After your treatment you will immediately feel the results.  Muscle pain will relieved quite considerably or eliminated completely. Cupping loosens the muscles and brings an influx of blood to the area and softens the underlying muscle tissues, leading to increased flexibility and a better sense of mobility. The feeling of sore aching muscles will be replaced by a deep feeling of relaxation & well-being.