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Cupping Technique

Posted on September 13th, 2012 by Kim

What is Cupping?

When we think of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), we often think of Acupuncture, Acupressure and using healing herbs as natural remedies. Cupping is rooted in TCM. It is a practice that traditionally uses glass cups and fire or heat to create a vacuum seal on specific areas of the body. Cupping does not cause pain, but can cause a pinching/pulling sensation. It will, most likely, cause the recipient to have some circular bruising on the areas the cups are applied.

Why is Cupping used?

Traditionally cupping is used to improve the Chi, or energy flow, throughout the body. The bruising that is caused by the cupping is thought to be elements of negative energy and other impurities coming to the surface and exiting the body. In TCM, the cups are placed along the meridians, or traditional energy lines. Maintaining a healthy energy flow is thought to enhance a person’s physical and emotional well-being.

What can Cupping do for you?

In massage therapy, cupping is often used in in conjunction with other therapeutic massage techniques. It has been found that cupping helps relieve chronic pain, improves Range of Motion, loosens tight and restricted muscles and promotes relaxation. Cupping loosens muscles by creating an increase of blood flow to the area the cups are applied. This excess of blood flow helps to loosen tissues, which, in turn, increases movement and flexibility.

Similar to other massage techniques, cupping can be extremely relaxing. The cups do not have to remain stationary. The therapist may choose to move the cups around the body. This will have a feeling similar to relaxation massage strokes. Even thought the goal of a session with cupping will be to target specific problem areas, it can have a positive impact on your general health and give you a wonderful sense of relaxation.

Interested in trying a cupping treatment? Call us or book your treatment online today by choosing from our add-on section. Both Kim Eggert and Shari’ Parks are available to perform a cupping treatment.

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