Cupping refers to an ancient Chinese practice in which a cup is applied to the skin and rather than applying pressure to muscles, the suction uses pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscles upward.
The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, and pull out the toxins that linger in your body’s tissues. The increased blood supply to the local muscles and skin will bring nourishment and stimulate the circulatory and lymphatic systems to carry away stagnation and toxins.
Another benefit of cupping is that it really feels great, and is not an irritant to the skin or body. It draws the inflammation out, yet does not add to it. The pulling action engages the parasympathetic nervous system, thus allowing a deep relaxation to move through the entire body. It is not unusual to fall asleep when receiving this treatment. Clients are surprised at how relaxed, warm and light they feel – hours… sometimes even days afterwards.
Cupping can treat a broad range of medical conditions and promotes general physical and psychological well-being. Effective applications of cupping include:
Cupping stretches open, the lymphatic vessels. This action actually increases the movement of lymph locally and systemically with cumulative treatments. Increasing Lymphatic output increases the immune systems ability to detoxify the body and respond to stressors put onto it from disease, chemicals, stress and electromagnetic fields.
Another profound application of cupping is in the treatment of cellulite. Light pressure provides drainage, while the heavier applications can be used to stimulate circulation and loosen the connective tissues or orange peel appearance. The benefits of cellulite cupping include:
- Powerful Lymphatic Drainage
- Loosens Adhesions & Connective Tissue
- Moves Stagnation
- Increases Circulation
- Clears Toxins
Besides cupping for injuries and recovery, cumulative cupping treatments increase muscle endurance, circulation, lung capacity, lymphatic drainage and health maintenance during strenuous activities. Many professional athletes incorporate it into their training to enhance their overall performance, agility and ability to recover from their sports.