- Great for colds and flus, tight muscles, release toxins and promoting relaxation.
Cupping uses specially designed glass cups that are placed on trigger points or pressure points in the body. The negative pressure under the cups pulls upwards. This invigorates the circulation and helps to clear toxins and blockages as it moves body fluids including lymph. The cups may remain stationery or may be gently moved across a chosen area.
What is cupping?
Cupping uses specially designed glass cups that are placed on trigger points or pressure points in the body. The cups provide negative pressure, meaning that they suck the tissue (muscle, fascia, skin, fat) up into the cup. This draws blood flow in and actually lifts the tissue, taking pressure off it. This leads to relaxation of the muscle tissue.
Generally the cups are left for around 15 minutes and can either be just left on the trigger point or moved around (sliding cupping) allowing a good stretch and massage to the muscles and fascia.
What is cupping used for?
Cupping helps promoting the blood flow and brings toxins to the surface of the skin to be cleared by the body. People have cupping for several purposes, including neck and shoulder problems, lower back pain, hamstring, calf or groin strains, corks, bruising and general sports injuries, tightness in the chest and ribcage, and asthma.
One thing you may have seen from cupping is the big round bruises left behind after treatment. This is all very normal and is a sign that blood flow has entered the area as well as inflammation that will help with the healing process. This usually subsides over a week or so and is totally painless.
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