Cupping involves the suction of a glass cup, performed by creating a vacuum with a flame before being placed on the body. During a Cupping treatment, the skin's pores are opened which helps to stimulate the flow of Blood, adjust the flow of Qi and remove blockages within the meridians. The warming and dispersing actions of Cupping result in a profoundly increased local blood supply to muscles and skin which provides nourishment to the local area and releases tension particularly in areas of muscle rigidity.
What is the science behind Cupping?
Cupping has marked circulatory effects on the body and, in particular, improves the circulation of blood within the muscles and joints, removes congested blood and excessive fluid and facilitates the flow of lymph. These actions allow Cupping to remove toxins from local areas, re-supply important nutrients to the cells, draw out inflammation, relieve pain and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Cupping mobilises and stretches soft tissue by pulling it away from underlying structures. By relaxing contractile tissues such as muscles and tendons, this allows for increased flexibility and range of motion in previously restricted areas of the body.
Cupping influences the body's peripheral nervous system by exerting calming and sedative effects, allowing patients with stress-related conditions in particular to benefit. Through effects on the nervous system, Cupping has additional effects over the digestive function by regulating peristaltic movement and the secretion of digestive fluids.
What will happen during the Cupping treatment?
Cupping is most commonly performed on the thick musculature on your back although it can also be carried out on other areas such as the shoulder joint. We are trained in all Cupping techniques, the most commonly used techniques being Massage Cupping, Stationary Cupping, and Rapid Cupping.
Massage Cupping is usually performed on the back and lumbar regions. During your treatment, we will apply Chinese herbal massage oil on your skin prior to Cupping and glide the cups over the skin along the course of the meridians, providing a deep and strong stimulation.
Stationary Cupping involves the application of cups on the skin without any manipulation. This is most commonly performed on acupuncture points to produce specific effects or on specific areas of pain or rigidity such as on the shoulders and lower back to release tension.
Rapid Cupping is commonly applied to the local area of joints and the lower back. It involves the application of a cup on the skin which is then immediately removed and then reapplied again to the local area. This procedure is repeated continuously and is a strong technique particularly useful for loosening up tense muscle.
During the Cupping treatment, you will feel a deep warming sensation and the skin will turn red, showing that the circulation has been brought to the surface. After the treatment, you may feel deeply relaxed and energised and experience a feeling of lightness and flexibility in areas of pain and muscle tension. You may also find that your skin complexion gradually improves, becoming firmer and smoother with a new and healthy glow.
What can Cupping be used for?
Cupping has strong therapeutic effects through its warming and dispersing actions and can be used for a wide range of conditions, most commonly being:
- Musculoskeletal conditions such as pain, soreness or numbness in the neck, shoulder and back
- Insomnia, anxiety, stress and tiredness
- Digestive disorders such as indigestion, constipation and IBS
- Respiratory conditions such as chronic bronchitis, cough and common cold
Are there any risks in Cupping treatment?
Cupping is a non-invasive procedure that is completely safe when performed by adequately trained practitioners. Adverse reactions such as blistering are extremely rare and usually only occur on patients with sensitive skin. Cupping will usually leave dull marks on the skin which normally disappear within a week.