What is Cupping?

Cupping is a kind of massage that works with pressure points. Cupping is different from Acupuncture (use of needles) and Shiatsu (use of pressure) in that the practitioner uses cups to expand the blood vessels along the body’s meridians.

The body can become sick when there is a blockage in the flow of energy. In Cupping therapy, the therapist uses a rubber pump to create a vacuum in the cups and then, the vacuum pulls the skin upward. Because of the pull on the skin, the blood vessels expand. Cupping also uses heat to pull toxins out of the body.

How does Cupping work?

By expanding the blood vessels, and clearing the body of negative toxins, healthy energy can flow through the body and it can then begin heal itself.

What to expect in a Cupping session?

The therapist moves the pumps to different places on the body to create a massage-like feeling for the client. The only side effects are redness on the skin and possibly some bruises. Some people feel mild pain during the procedure.

It is interesting to note that Cupping therapy is currently trending, thanks to Olympians Michael Phelps (swimmer) and Alex Naddour (gymnast). However, Cupping is not new; it belongs to the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC) that is 5,000 years old.

Cupping therapy treats the following conditions:

  • High blood pressure
  • Migraines
  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
  • Skin issues including acne and eczema
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

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