Cupping therapy is an ancient traditional medicine which originated in China. This practice involves placing a cup over an area which requires treatment and creating negative pressure through suction. This vacuum draws the skin upwards into the cup, decreasing pressure in the underlying tissue. The affect of this mechanism increases blood flow via blood vessel expansion and the loosening of connective tissues. There are numerous types of cupping, however I use dry cupping as opposed to wet (which involves an incision into the skin). Treatment time is approximately 5 minutes.
The benefits of cupping include:
– Relief from pain, anxiety and fatigue
– Increased blood flow and circulation
– Enhanced relaxation and wellbeing
– Nervous system sedation