Cupping- Heat and Vacuum

Through either heat or suction, the skin is gently drawn upwards by creating a vacuum in a cup over the target area of the skin. The cup stays in place for five to fifteen minutes. It is believed by some to help treat pain, deep scar tissues in the muscles and connective tissue, muscle knots, and swelling.The cupping procedure commonly involves creating a small area of low air pressure next to the skin. However, there is variety in the tools used, the method of creating the low pressure, and the procedures followed during the treatment

The cups can be various shapes including balls or bells, and may range in size from 1 to 3 inches (25 to 76 mm) across the opening. Plastic and glass are the most common materials used today, The low air pressure required may be created by heating the cup or the air inside it with an open flame or a bath in hot scented oils, then placing it against the skin. As the air inside the cup cools, it contracts and draws the skin slightly inside. More recently, vacuum can be created with a mechanical suction pump acting through a valve located at the top of the cup

In practice, cups are normally used only on softer tissue that can form a good seal with the edge of the cup. They may be used singly or with many to cover a larger area. They may be used by themselves or placed over an acupuncture needle. Skin may be lubricated, allowing the cup to move across the skin slowly.

Benefits to the Recipient

– Deep tissue work and release without discomfort

– Moves stagnation and drains fluids

– Relieves Inflammation

– Nervous System Sedation

– Breaks Up and Expels Congestion

– Stretches Muscle and Connective Tissues

– Loosens Adhesions

– Pulls blood supply to the Skin

– Facilitates the movement of Qi and Blood systemically and locally

– Dispels wind, damp and cold to treat muscle and joint pain, stiffness, and arthritis

– Strengthens the immune system by promoting the flow of lymphatic fluid

– Treats excess heat conditions, fever, stress, depression and anxiety

– Cleans the blood and lymph and helps to balance PH levels

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