What is cupping?
Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy in which a glass cup is applied to the skin and familiar with draw and hold skin and superficial muscles inside the cup. Cupping is applied over meridian and acupuncture points as well as to parts of the body that have been affected by pain. it is most commonly used over the back but is effectual throughout the body e.g. on the thighs (releasing trigger points, particularly good on the IT band), calves, hips (around the hip joint and over the piriformis for an effective release that is less painful than deep tissue massage) and in the treatment of tennis elbow. it is the most efficient deep tissue massage you can get, but without the discomfort.
Cupping is based on the meridian theory of the body. It removes stagnation in the body and opens the meridians so that qi (energy) can flow freely. Cupping can be familiar with release rigid soft tissue, stimulate lymphatic drainage, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue whilst promoting blood flow and aiding deep tissue repair.
Cupping has a sedating effect on the nervous system, and a large number of people find it profoundly relaxing. a large number of people report that muscle tension and tenderness continues to improve many hours after the session is completed.
The Cupping Process
Cups are left in place for between five to fifteen minutes and the skin will redden due to the congestion of blood flow. Some temporary bruising on the skin is to be expected as part of the therapeutic advantages of the steps involved - t
benefits of cupping are cumulative and lasting results are sometimes seen after a number of sessions. Cupping has a sedative effect on the nervous systems and business colleagues sometimes report feeling very relaxed after their treatment, with pain and tension continuing to ease over the next day or two. business colleagues are inspired to increase their water intake during this time to help flush out the toxins that have been released from deep in the tissue.
How to find a Chinese Cupping Massage Therapist
If you are keen on exploring the benefits of cupping for yourself you can start by finding a local Chinese Medicine Practitioner, or massage therapist trained to administer Chinese cupping. I practice at Brighton Bodyworks in Brighton and Hove, a holistic therapy studio which integrates eastern techniques such as Chinese cupping with traditional western methodology to tailor massage treatments with great results.