What is Cupping?

Cupping is a traditional modality employed and favored by millions of people worldwide, with its diverse benefits documented over the course of thousands of years. During a cupping session, direct and precise pressure is applied via suction rather than compression. This action releases tension in soft tissues, drains excess fluids and toxins, loosens adhesions, lifts connective tissue, and increases blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles. 


What does cupping feel like?


Receiving a cupping session may feel akin to a deep tissue massage. Due to the unique nature of this modality, a practitioner is able to work deeply, but with negative pressure rather than compression. Certain cups may be placed in specific areas for a couple of minutes up to fifteen minutes, while others may glide gracefully across your skin. Regardless, you will quickly sink into deep relaxation and feel tension continuously release in harmony with the suction. 


What should I expect after a session? 


After, you will likely feel a wider range of motion and a very “light” feeling overall. The effects are long lasting, and multiple treatments are recommended for the cumulative benefits. You may experience some soreness and discoloration in the areas where cups were applied, however this is a perfectly normal reaction. A common misconception is that this discoloration is bruising, however, it is actually toxins, stagnant fluids, and debris pulled to the surface from deep tissue. These may last for a few hours to a couple of weeks, and are a sign that a healthy circulation of oxygen, living cells, and nutrients has been restored to the affected areas. 


How does cupping affect muscle tissue?


With cupping, deeper tissue work can be done with less discomfort. Suction stimulates and expands blood vessels within muscles, increasing blood flow and removing congestion in joints and musculoskeletal structures, while simultaneously removing lactic acids and toxins from within. Joint conditions can be addressed, leaving you with a greater range of motion and pain issues resolved. Cupping can be used to assist recovery from surgery and sports related injuries. 

How does cupping affect skin?


Cupping positively affects our largest organ by increasing blood circulation, skin tissue metabolism, function of sweat and sebaceous glands, and nutrition supply to tissues, while also strengthening the renewing power of the skin and its resilience to external forces. Thus, it is a fabulous modality for facial rejuvenation, circulatory issues, and various skin issues including scarring and cellulite.


Are there any other benefits to cupping? 

Yes, many! With the act of suction, lymphatic drainage is enhanced. Circulatory issues, such as those due to diabetes or high blood pressure can be treated. This therapy has been used extensively for respiratory issues, such as asthma and pneumonia. Techniques applied to the abdominal region help aid digestive and menstrual issues, as well as issues within specific internal organs. Cupping is a therapeutic treatment for nerve issues, including sciatica, spasms, and numbness. An even wider range of issues can be addressed and treated- such as insomnia, depression, anxiety, vertigo, nervous tension, headaches, and fibromyalgia.