Cupping is an ancient form of therapy that uses cups made from various materials, to create suction and negative pressure in the skins connective tissue. Cupping is used to soften tight muscles and tone attachments, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, bring hydration and blood flow to body tissues, and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways.
Benefits of Cupping
Cupping Therapy can be used to move stagnation, relieve inflammation, and drain/move fluids. The action is similar to the action of fomentations/hot compresses. Cupping is also used to lift and stretch soft tissue (muscle, fascia/connective, attachments), separate fused tissue layers (i.e. ITB and TFL), release and soften scar tissue, open body drainage systems to aid in decongesting “solid bloat” and increase hydration of tissues. Bones also respond well to treatment.
Release Deep Tissue Issues
Stimulate Blood Flow
Sedate the Nervous System
Avoid excess pressure or duration for people on blood thinners or with Diabetes.
Avoid aggressive or lengthy cupping therapy for clients who are energetically depleted elderly persons or children
Persons with low blood pressure may need assistance before rising from the table.
Avoid gliding or stationary cups on the neck over the jugular or carotid (or any other site with prevalent blood vessels). This will influence blood flow, so use the suction/release method for best results.
For pregnant clients: use suction/release method to very gently to move edema and excess fluids only.
Varicose veins: avoid direct contact and drain the limb gently
Avoid lesions and bulging discs. Also avoid scraping over any bony prominences, which is very uncomfortable for the client.
Avoid use of cups with magnets on persons with computer implants (heart, insulin monitor).
Avoid any chill or draft or excessive heat for four to six hours after treatment.
Avoid hot showers, steam, sauna and exercise after massage cupping.