What is cupping?
Cupping involves placing glass, bamboo or plastic jars on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The underlying issue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup.
Cupping is an ancient form of alternative therapy that is widely used for treating pain and other medical conditions. The process typically includes the placement of special cups on the skin for a few minutes to create a suction. Wet and dry cupping are the two ways to perform this therapy.
While the two forms differ in certain aspects, both practices involve the placement of cups to raise the skin and enhance circulation. Different types of cups might be used for different results. However, therapists commonly use cups made of glass, bamboo or plastic.
Needle cupping is a popular amalgamation of acupuncture and cupping for treating pain.
What are the benefits?
The purposed of cupping is to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, remove “heat” and pull out the toxins that linger in your body’s tissues.
As an alternative massage therapy, cupping offers a wide range of benefits. With roots in traditional Chinese medicine, cupping treats chronic pain by clearing the body’s energy channels and improving circulation.
It has been proven to improve blood flow and treat other conditions like inflammation. Since cupping is primarily a form of deep-tissue massage therapy, it offers muscle relaxation and overall well-being. Cupping can also reduce headaches and migraines while enhancing and rejuvenating the skin.