An ancient form of Chinese medicine, cupping refers to the application of heated cups to the body. The heat creates a seal that slightly pulls the skin into the cup. Through the suction of the cups, fresh blood is pushed to the area being treated and with it comes minerals and nutrients essential to the overall health of your muscles. It also stretches the muscles back to their full length, eliminating pain and discomfort by treating knotted and inflamed muscle.
There are two types of cupping - heated cupping and sliding cupping. Heated cupping involves holding a flame inside the glass cups which then causes the air inside temporarily expand. The flame is removed and the cup is quickly overturned onto the client's bare skin. As the cup cools, the air rapidly contracts, which creates the seal. The cups are then left for 10 - 15 minutes. Another popular form of cupping is sliding cupping, this style involves oil to ensure the cups can easily slide across the back.
There are many benefits to cupping, including increasing blood flow to muscles, assisting in the reduction of inflammation and fluid retention and also assisting with recovery from musculo-skeletal injuries. If you are an athlete, cupping can also help elongate your muscles to increase movement by stimulating blood flow, improving circulation and relaxing stiffness.
You may have seen photos of gymnasts and swimmers at the Olympics with round purple markings on their backs. Although these may look like bruises, they are actually only superficial markings that fade within 4 - 10 days and cause no pain. Many clients often find a cupping session more comfortable than a deep tissue massage when performed by an experienced massage therapist.
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