Cupping is practised in Chinese medicine.
Its benefits are to promote an overall feeling of wellness, as well as increase the flexibility of the body and give a boost to energy levels.
Cupping can be used for conditions such as stress, arthritis, fertility problems, fibromyalgia, coughs, headaches and migraines and the side effects of strokes.
HOW DOES CUPPING HELP?
Cupping has many benefits and ways that it can help the patient.
- Bringing blood flow back to skin and muscles where it is blocked.
- Draining of fluids.
- Releasing the rigidity of soft tissues.
- Draining toxins from the limbs and muscles.
- Lifting up of connecting tissues.
- Boosting the body’s immunity.
- Loosening up adhesions.
- Helping with lymphatic drainage and circulation.
- Stress relief.
- Help with arthritic pain and muscle stiffness.
- Stretching muscle tissues.
- Bring a fresh supply of blood to the skin.
- A sedative for the nervous system.
- Stimulating the qi in the body.
- Stimulating the circulation of blood in the body.
- Relief for deep tissue.
- Getting rid of blockages and congestion in the body.
- Restoring and balancing pH levels in the body.
- Cleansing the blood and lymph.
- Bringing blood to the skin.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT?
Firstly, your therapist will speak to you about what your specific health needs and concerns are.
Depending on what your needs are, the cupping therapy may be combined with other elements of Chinese medicine.
Our therapist will deliver the cupping therapy with elements of acupuncture, as long as this is agreeable to the client.
The aim of the acupuncture is to help free the energy in the specific area of the body and allow it to flow freely.
The cupping itself is done with cups of a variety of sizes and also made from different materials.
Some are made from glass, others are constructed from fabrics such as bamboo. The variety of materials means they have different suction properties and can be used according to need, throughout different pressure points on the body.
The therapist will then utilise some techniques, such as tonifying, drainage (bleeding) and moxa. Moxa is a process whereby a herb is burned over the skin to give a deep warmth. There are various types of cupping, which will be decided by the individual practitioner, depending on the needs of the individual client.
THE STYLES OF CUPPING
Your therapist may offer a choice of ‘dry’ cupping or ‘wet’ cupping.
Is the cupping described above. It could be any of or all of these styles together.
Wet cupping is also known as ‘air’ cupping. This does not use a flame or candle to heat up the cup. It uses a suction pump, which is put onto the end of the cup. Then the pump creates the vacuum which creates the suction needed to make it stick.
Wet cupping also includes a small amount of blood to flow from a puncture point. This is meant to help expel toxins from the body.
WHERE MAY I HAVE CUPPING?
Cupping is most usually done on the shoulders, neck and back areas.
The cups are placed onto the acupuncture points. These include the abdomen and chest. They can also go on the buttocks or thighs.
Collectively, this can help treat bowel problems, sciatica and varicose veins, amongst other things.
Acupuncture can also be used to give the cupping a boost of its efficacy.
Finally, a cupping massage can be applied to the whole of the stomach and back, using oils, to complete the relaxing experience.
WHY’S IT SO GOOD?
Clients come away with a warm and relaxed feeling from a cupping session.
It can also be a psychological boost, to see the blood flowing, taking toxins and impurities with it.
It is a warm feeling and relaxes the body, as well as providing it with the gentle stimulation it needs to recover.
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