Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced suction in order to draw and hold skin and superficial muscles inside the cup.

Cups are generally left in place for approximately ten minutes although the time can range from five to fifteen minutes. The skin will redden due to the congestion of blood flow. The cup is removed from the skin by pressing the skin on one side, allowing some outside air to enter and thus equalize the pressure. Some bruising on the skin where the rim of the cup is to be expected.

Cupping is based on the meridian theory of the body. On one hand, cupping removes any stagnation in the body and opens the meridians so that qi can flow freely. On the other, it also helps to rejuvenate certain meridians and organs that are not functioning at their best. From a scientific standpoint, cupping is known to help activate the lymphatic system, promote blood circulation, and is good for deep tissue repair.

For those used to acupuncture this method of healing can compliment those treatments.  It can be used alone or combined with massage treatments.

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