What is Cupping?
Cupping Therapy is an ancient Arabic form of alternative medicine in which a local suction using cups is created on the skin. This mobilises blood flow in order to promote healing, treat muscle disorder and internal conditions. Suction is created by placing a glass or plastic cup on the part of the body to be treated. The air inside the cup is heated and the rim is then applied to the skin, forming an airtight seal. As the air inside the cup cools, it contracts, forming a partial vacuum and enabling the cup to suck the skin, pulling in soft tissue and drawing blood to that area.
What can it treat?
Cupping Therapists treat the cause as well as the symptoms of a wide range of conditions. Some of the conditions that Cupping may help with include:
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Respiratory disease such as flu, colds, coughs & asthma
- Gastrointestial disorders
- Menstrual problems
- Trigger points
- General tightness
- Fascial restrictions
- General pain
What will the session be like?
Whilst it might look painful, in general, the sensation of cupping is quite pleasant. It can feel like your muscles and skin are being gently pulled and some describe the sensation as equivalent to a deep tissue massage. Like massage, there are those who like a light touch and those who prefer a firmer stroke. The cups can be adjusted to your level of comfort.
What benefits might I receive?
Cupping can be very relaxing, always a good outcome in our busy world. It might also help loosen muscles and relieve pain, improve the flow of blood and lymph and might also help lessen the appearance of cellulite! It has also been noted that it may help clear stretch marks or scar tissue.
How many treatments will I need?
This will be determined by the severity of the issue and how long you have had the problem. Your therapist will discuss your treatment plan with you so that you achieve optimum results. After your initial session, follow up sessions can be made once the marks have cleared, and continue as long as necessary.
How much does it cost?