Cupping Therapy

Cupping is a type of alternative therapy that involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. This suction is thought to improve the flow of energy in the body and facilitate healing. Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This may relieve muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It may also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue.

cupping therapy session

what to expect

Running cupping usually involves the application of oil before the use of suction. Then the cups are slowly moved around the area, creating a massage-like effect. Depending on the kind of service you’re receiving, your session could last anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour or more. With dry cupping, the cup is kept in place for a set time, usually between 5 and 10 minutes.

During a cupping treatment, you can expect the following:

  1. Your practitioner will ask you what symptoms you’ve been experiencing, likely taking a detailed health history if this is your first time visiting them.
  2. The practitioner will place cups on your skin.
  3. You’ll feel a sucking sensation and pressure as the cups are suctioned.
  4. Depending on the type of cupping, the practitioner may leave you to rest for a few minutes before they return to remove the cups.
  5. Your skin may turn red and show light bruising after your session.
  6. Any discolorations or marks from cupping usually go away within 7 days of the session.

Cupping therapy may help with the following conditions, among others:
-lower back pain
-neck and shoulder pain
-headache and migraine
-knee pain

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