Cupping, with glass or plastic cups, is a therapeutic technique associated with Eastern medicine.
A negative pressure is created inside the cup, by flame or pump, thereby creating a vacuum inside the cup. Due to this vacuum, the cup pulls the skin/muscles towards it, sucking up into it. This gives a very relaxing effect on the nervous system, similar to that of an actual massage. If the suction is kept strong, it creates an effect of the rolling/stripping action experienced in deep tissue massage. After a few minutes, the skin turns red which indicates that the suction has brought the blood circulation to the surface of the skin. The increased blood flow benefits the skin and muscles and nourishes them and flushes out biproducts and waste through the circulatory system.
Cupping’s most potent impact by far is its tried-and-true ability to optimize circulation.
Increased blood flow to all areas of your body provides a number of important health improvements, from cell growth and organ function to the appearance of your skin. Red blood circulates oxygen throughout your body, and the more efficiently that happens, the better you’ll look and feel.
By bringing fresh blood to the surface of your skin, cupping can:
• Open the chest and lungs
• Alleviate menstrual cramps
• Decrease digestive problems
• Clear up coughs, and/or other respiratory problems• Help migraines
• Help decrease inflammation
• Manage acute and chronic pain
• Cupping massage affects the muscles, blood, lymphatic and nervous system
• Can promote mental and physical relaxation and well-being
A cupping massage treatment helps improve circulation, decrease trigger points and
hypertonic muscles, helping achieve a deep pain relief & overall stretch in the muscles.