What is Cupping Massage?
Cupping Massage provides a great treatment for overall health and wellness, originally developed thousands of years originating from traditional Chinese Medicine techniques.
This healing therapy uses glass, plastic or bamboo jars on the skin and a suction mechanism to create a vacuum that pulls the skin tissue into the jar. This helps to start toxin removal, alleviate pain and increase the circulatory system.
Using this method can also provide a powerful lymphatic drainage treatment as it assists the movement of excess fluids or toxins from the tissues. This drainage is one of the primary ways the body detoxifies.
What happens During a Cupping Massage?
Cupping is most generally used as a back treatment as generally most aches and pains involve the back, but others area could also be targeted such as legs.
A cup is placed onto your body and air is removed to create a slight vacuum within the cup. A tingling sensation may occur as the vacuum is being created. Depending on the area and the ailment, will depend on the number of cups and location used. These cups are then generally left in situ for a few minutes, or a Gliding Cupping method will be used, which assists in creating circulation to the fascia.
Does Cupping Massage hurt?
A cupping massage, delivered correctly, should be relaxing without any discomfort. You may experience a slight tingling as the vacuum is being created, however this should ease once all in place.
Your skin may turn red or purple if there is any kind of energy blockage in that area. The the famous circular bruising may occur. This is perfectly normal, and should only last a few days. If there are any marks, wait for them to disappear prior to having another treatment.
Health Issues that Respond to Cupping Massage
Common health issues that respond well to cupping include the following:
- Stress and/or anxiety
- Pain – especially back pain, the lower back
- Colds and flu
- Muscle aches and pains
Different types of Cupping Massage
Different methods are available including fixed and gliding or “moving”.
When the cups are stationary, one area of the body is the total focus. The cups are not moved once they are placed.