What is Cupping?
Cupping is a unique form of traditional Chinese medicine during which heated cups are placed on the skin to create suction.
During a therapy session, cups are generally placed on an individual’s back and can either be left in place for five to fifteen minutes or moved around using oil or lotion. The latter, commonly known as “massage cupping,” is the practice available through the incredible therapists at the Massage Studio.
Cupping is most often used to combat chronic pain and promote relaxation and stress relief; however, in recent years, top athletes like Michael Phelps have used the practice for injury prevention as well. Patients and practitioners have a long list of benefits they believe are a direct result of this ancient practice.
Cupping Therapy Benefits
The practice stems from the belief that the increased blood flow can help treat certain health issues like fatigue, muscle tension, inflammation, and headaches.
The suction created during a cupping session acts much like a vacuum to draw the blood to the surface of the skin to promote circulation to muscles and tissue in that part of the body. The upward pulling of the skin, muscle, and tissue creates something called negative pressure.
For some patients, this can greatly improve the pain management benefits of the compression that comes from the different methods of kneading common to deep tissue massage.
The practice was originally designed simply to promote blood flow and therefore the overall flow of energy through the body. So many acts of self-care, like yoga and massage, revolve around channeling and centering your energy. Doing so can help to relax your muscles and your mind. Cupping is not so different.