Cupping is an ancient technique, used in China and is part of Chinese medicine protocol in which a special cup is applied to the skin and held in place by suction.
The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup, which may either be left in place or moved along the body. Cupping brings fresh blood to the area and helps improve circulation, and free up energy blockages to promote natural healing. Traditional cupping, sometimes referred to as “fire cupping,” uses heat to create a vacuum-like suction inside of glass cups. In modern times, cups that use a small pump to create suction have also been introduced. Other benefits of rolling or moving cupping; it helps with acute and chronic cellulite as well as a facial rejuvenation. Rolling cupping or moving cupping is a great way to detox as its therapeutic effects penetrates deep into the fascia. At Atlanta Eye Candy, we specialize in rolling/moving cupping as to provide the most beneficial results with little to no bruising.
What is cupping commonly used for?
The aim of applying pressure is to loosen and relax muscles, encourage blood flow, release toxins and relax the nervous system. It also aids in:
Back and neck pain
High Blood Pressure
What happens during a cupping session?
To begin you will have a consultation with your therapist. The therapist will then be able to assess where best to place the cups. The back is the most commonly used area. This is because it has five meridian lines which are optimal for cup placement. Other areas of the body can be used too, fleshy areas are preferred as they lend themselves well to suction.
Depending on the nature of the condition you’re seeking help for, your therapist will leave the cups in place for fifteen to twenty minutes.
Does it hurt?
Cupping therapy causes mild swelling and some experience slight bruising on the skin so many people assume it must be painful. This is not the case. The marks appear because the suction causes the blood vessels on the surface of the skin to expand. Our therapists are able to adjust the intensity of the pressure during your treatment.
What is rolling/moving cupping?
Rolling cupping is when the cups are moved during the treatment. To enable this to happen, your therapist will use oil to lubricate the skin. This helps the cups move more easily and makes for a more relaxing experience.
How does cupping encourage detoxification?
The body naturally flushes out toxins we accumulate. This normally happens through the lymph fluids. Cupping is thought to aid this process as it stimulates blood and lymph flow. Increasing the supply of healthy, oxygenated blood to muscles and skin brings nourishment and allows toxins to be carried away bythe lymph.
How does cupping help to relieve pain?
As this therapy has a similar effect on the muscles as a massage does, it can be useful for relieving muscular pain. This is because it loosens tissues and promotes healing. For those who suffer from chronic conditions like fibromyalgia, cupping therapy can be easily beneficial when used alongside medication and physical therapy.
What is cosmetic cupping?
Cupping has great benefits in the field of ones appearance. Facial cupping is an excellent form of non-invasive treatment that can work to minimize the effects of sun and environmental damage, and aging. It is completely safe to use since it does not involve surgery and long recuperation time, chemicals or any other potentially harmful and painful procedures. Facial cupping has been used by many people across Europe, Russia and Asia and is found to be very effective in eliminating wrinkles and lending a smooth, texture to the skin.
Cupping also reduces the appearance of cellulite as the suction provides drainage and boosts circulation, which loosens adhesions or ‘dimples’.
What are the contraindications to cupping?
The following groups of people should avoid cupping:
Those who bleed easily and/or cannot stop bleeding
Those with metastatic cancer (cancer that has spread from one part of the body to another)
Those with muscle spasms or bone fractures
In addition to this, the therapy should not be carried out on sites of the body that have the following:
Deep vein thrombosis
A pulse that can be felt
Cost of Cupping Treatment $125
Facial Cupping $95
Cellulite Cupping $125 per body part
You are advised to consult your doctor before trying any new therapy.