Cupping is a form of deep-tissue therapy and involves the use of glass, silicone or plastic cups as suction devices that are placed on the skin and left stationary or moved around. Cupping helps to relieve muscle tensions and improve blood flow.
During cupping, muscle and skin are gently pulled upwards to disperse and break up stagnation and congestion. When muscles are damaged, there is a build-up of cellular debris such as blood, proteins and fluids that can cause swelling and inflammation.
The accumulation of these materials often results in the obstruction of circulation resulting in pain and dysfunction. Cupping therapy helps break up these obstructions by drawing to the surface cellular debris while promoting the circulation of healthy blood, nutrients and oxygen to the tissues.
Cupping is appropriate for most individuals to encourage healthy circulation and detoxification. Cupping can help with: