cupping

Cupping is a means of enhancing circulation and reducing pain

Cupping is an ancient therapy it’s a part of Chinese medicine. It was made famous in the west when Olympic athletes like Michael Phelps showed his cupping marks on his back and shoulders at the last Olympics. Special cups are placed on the skin to create a suction. Rather than applying pressure into the muscles like in massage the suction uses pressure to pull the skin, muscle and tissue upwards. The underlying tissue is raised or sucked partway into the cup.

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Cupping is a means of enhancing circulation and reducing pain

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Cupping is an ancient therapy it’s a part of Chinese medicine. It was made famous in the west when Olympic athletes like Michael Phelps showed his cupping marks on his back and shoulders at the last Olympics. Special cups are placed on the skin to create a suction. Rather than applying pressure into the muscles like in massage the suction uses pressure to pull the skin, muscle and tissue upwards. The underlying tissue is raised or sucked partway into the cup.

The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation, reduce pain, remove heat and inflammation and pull out toxins that linger in your body’s tissues. It is very beneficial for treating respiratory conditions such as the common cold, bronchitis or pneumonia and all musculoskeletal problems. The cups can be used to give a deep tissue massage by moving them around or they can be left in place for 5-15mins.

Cupping can leave circular marks on your skin that look like bruises. They are not painful and disappear in a few days. It’s usually used in combined with acupuncture or massage.

Benefits of cupping

  • Cupping will help to loosen tight painful muscles and will help you to feel more relaxed
  • Reduces inflammation and encourages blood flow which will help you to feel more energised and give relief from pain
  • For athletes it can help improve their performance and can be used as a treatment for performance enhancement and to speed the healing of sports injuries
  • It helps speed the recovery of respiratory conditions like common cold, bronchitis and pneumonia and asthma
  • Eliminates or reduces back, neck, shoulder pain
  • Heals little micro tears in overused muscles
  • Feel tension disappear
  • Soreness and pain dissolve
  • Improved sense of general wellbeing

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