Cupping

Find out if it’s right for you, read below


What is cupping?

It is one of the most popular healing techniques, because it’s safe, comfortable and very effective for many disorders.  This therapy has its roots grounded for more than 5000 years, and well known in many other cultures.  Drawings of cupping were found in Egyptian tombs, in ancient Greece, and in China it is currently used by major hospitals of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

What is it for?

Cupping is best to use for muscle tightness due to overwork or stress. Very good for relieving the symptoms of cold and flu, respiratory illness such as asthma, coughing, allergies, digestive symptoms such as irritable bowels, low back pain, menstrual cramps or any type of aches and pains. It is very effective for detoxifying the body after a long night out or after overeating, as well as recovering from being over active. It gives you a complete rejuvenating experience by smoothing out any tension.

Forms of cupping

There are several forms of cupping. The choice depends on the condition treated, or the practitioners preference. Originally in the past hollowed out animal horns were used, but today the cups are made either from glass, plastic, flexible rubber or a combination of those. There are several types of cupping techniques that can be used. Fire cupping, air cupping, wet cupping, and sliding cupping. Each one is explained below.

Fire cupping

Fire cupping technique is performed by using an alcohol soaked cotton ball which is lit on fire and placed inside the cup to create a vacuum. Once the vacuum has been established the cup is immediately placed on the skin pulling it up and away from the muscle layers thus encouraging the blood to rush to the surface.

Air cupping

Air cupping is the type of cupping when the air is suctioned out of the cup by a hand pump. In this case there is no fire, or alcohol involved and the cups come equipped with the suctioning device.

Wet cupping

Wet cupping refers to puncturing the skin prior the application of the cup. This technique is used only in certain conditions and it involves suctioning 2-3 drops of blood from under the skin. It is very effective for clearing up fever, a stubborn case of acne, or dissipating a bruise, to mention a few.

Sliding cupping

Sliding cupping is the application of the cup with the suction onto the lubricated skin and moving the cup alongside of the muscles. This form of cupping is my preferred method when relieving tense muscles due to the cold and flu or stress and overwork. This technique leaves the least markings on the skin.

Does cupping hurt?

No. It does not hurt. It actually feels great. It produces an instant relief. It feels very much like a myofascial massage work or skin rolling. The intensity of the suction can be adjusted to your comfort level.  The cupping may cause bruising and the skin becomes sensitive. It is recommended to keep the area protected from the elements especially right after the treatment.

How to prepare for a cupping treatment?

No special preparation is required, however I would suggest to bring something to cover the freshly cupped area after every treatment. During the treatment the skin is slightly compromised, the pores are opened and it should be protected from the elements such as wind, cold, heat, or moisture.

Is cupping safe?

Yes. As long as good techniques is used, and knowing when and where to use it.  The cups are to be clean and properly sanitized after each patient and the proper precautions and contraindications are taken in consideration. Please read the cautions and contraindications section for further information.

Cautions and Contraindications

Cupping is not for everyone. It is contraindicated for

  • Pregnant women
  • Patients who are extremely weakened
  • On open wounds, sores or inflamed skin
  • Patients who bleed easily
  • Bony areas

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