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 and the warming and dispersing effects result in a profoundly increased local blood supply to muscles and skin.
We recommend cupping where the treatment priority is to release tension such as in painful conditions and in areas of muscular rigidity. We also follow traditional methods in China and use cupping to boost the immune system such as for respiratory conditions and to protect from coughs and colds during the winter months.
What will happen during the Cupping treatment?
Cupping is commonly performed on your back, although for certain conditions, it can also be carried out in other areas such as the shoulder joint in frozen shoulder. We are trained in all cupping techniques including massage cupping, stationary cupping, and rapid cupping.
During a cupping treatment, you will feel a deep warming sensation and may feel deeply relaxed and energised at the end of the session. For patients who have used cupping to release muscular tension, it is common to experience a sensation of lightness and flexibility in areas which have previously been painful, knotted, tight and tense.
What can Cupping be used for?
Cupping is widely used and researched in China for a range of problems and in our experience, it can play a particularly useful role for:
- Musculoskeletal conditions such as pain, soreness or numbness in the neck, shoulder and back
- Myofascial release which can be important in fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain syndrome and sports injury rehabilitation
- Respiratory conditions such as chronic bronchitis, frequent coughs and colds
- Insomnia, anxiety, stress and tiredness
- Digestive disorders such as indigestion, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome