Cupping Therapy is an ancient Chinese form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin. According to traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) cupping is a method of creating a vacuum on the patient's skin to dispel stagnant blood and lymph, thereby improving qi flow to treat respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia and bronchitis. Once the suction has occurred, the cups are gently moved across the skin causing the skin and superficial muscle to be drawn up into the cup, then left in place for about ten minutes. Cupping is the inverse of massage - rather then applying pressure to the muscles it uses pressure to pull them upward, resulting in a relaxing and relieving sensation. The suction and negative pressure loosen muscles, sedate nervous system, encourage blood flow (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is use to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, and migraines.
Limited Bruising Cupping Massage -
Medical silicone cups are used to alleviate deep bruising associated with traditional cupping. The cups allow for added new massage techniques because they are pliable and simple to use, unlike glass or plastic. It is highly recommended to drink plenty of water after cupping to help move the blood and other fluids through the area affected; general massage is performed before and after help reduce the blood bruising.