Cupping is an ancient treatment and part of what makes up Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It helps to remove stagnation or blockages of Qi (vital energy) and blood stasis, which causes pain and disease. It stimulates and rejuvenates the internal organs by activating acupuncture points. From a western, scientific perspective it increases circulation, promotes healing, activates the lymphatic system, releases toxins and helps tissue repair.
There are two types of cupping.
1. Regular, fixed cupping – which is where different sized cups are placed on the skin over acupuncture points and left to sit, usually for 5-10 minutes.
2. Mobile cupping – this is where you glide the cups over the meridians with oil on the skin, like a massage. It feels amazing and gives you instant relief.
Heat is applied inside glass or bamboo cups to create a vacuum, before placing them onto the skins surface. The pressure inside the cup is reduced and the skin and muscles inside are drawn up. We use specific acupuncture points and meridians (or channels) usually along the back, the neck and shoulders. It feels incredible! You could say it is like a reverse massage, lifting everything up to separate all the layers; the skin, the fascia, the muscle and the nerves so blood can flow freely between them.
Cupping is great for:
· Chronic pain and injury
· Stiffness and muscles tension
· Respiratory conditions
· Common colds and flus
· Digestion and bloating
· Skin conditions
· Relieving Stress
· Improving Sleep
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