Cupping is an ancient therapy practiced by Egyptian, Chinese, and European civilizations dating as early as 1,500 B.C. Cupping therapy is documented in one of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, which describes Egyptians using cupping therapy. In Ancient Greece, cupping was used to treat internal diseases and structural problems. Many different methods of cupping therapy spread into medicine throughout Asian and European civilizations.
Cupping therapy is an alternative massage style that uses the application of a vacuum created by either suction or heat. The suction is used to pull the tissue upwards into the cup. This process allows the tissue to decompress, allowing for the improved circulation of blood and drainage of lymph and wastes from the area. The increased flow of healthy cells and elimination of dead cells and wastes from the treated area can help promote healing of injuries (old or new).
During a cupping session it is common to experience skin marking which can last for a few hours up a few days. The marking is caused by the release of dead cells the were trapped in the compressed tissue. During the healing process the marking will diminish as the wastes are eliminated by the body. After a couple cupping sessions most clients experience less and less marking of the skin.
Cupping is rather different from more traditional massage styles in that it pulls away from the body instead of pushing in on tissue. This pulling method creates space which relieves pressure and tension in the body. It is a very effective way to address chronic pain and tension caused by compression patterns and fascial restrictions.
Cupping has also been shown to improve blood flow and also help respiratory conditions. It is valuable for the lungs, to clear congestion from a common cold or asthma symptoms. Cupping can also be used to greatly improve the appearance of skin by decreasing wrinkles and cellulite. Cupping therapy is a fantastic way to relieve physical pain while also addressing general wellness.
Cupping therapy can be used to:
- Decrease muscle tension
- Release fascial restrictions (important for athletes)
- Improve flexibility
- Increase range of motion
- Break down scar tissue
- Relieve chronic pain
- Promote further healing of old injuries
- Decrease wrinkles and cellulite
Cupping is a highly relaxing and tranquil experience. It is a great way to mix up the average massage and try something new to relieve pain or just relax.