Cupping therapy is based around the principle that suction from the cups draws the skin up and mobilises blood and energy around the body, encouraging the body’s natural healing process.
Cupping involves the skin and muscles being pulled into the cup, rather than compressed - much like a reverse massage or reverse pressure on the body. This causes increased blood flow to the affected area, which in turn helps to nourish and deliver oxygen to the tissues and encouraging the healing process with the therapeutic aim of removing congestion and pain.
There are two types of cupping available – mobile cupping and fixed cupping. Mobile Cupping involves massage oil being applied to the area prior to applying the cup. The cup is moved along the skin to treat the affected area. Fixed Cupping is used when a tight spot is encountered. The cups are applied directly to the site of pain or dysfunction and left there for 3-5 mins. Fixed cupping may leave marks that look like perfectly round bruises but they are normal and should disappear within a couple of days.
The history of cupping goes way back into antiquity and was practiced by numerous cultures. Reports of cupping have been found in Chinese, Hindu and Egyptian scriptures. Cupping is still practiced in Japan, China, Germany, Poland, Greece, Turkey, Brazil and many other countries and people in these countries, still keep a set of cups or jam jars in their first aid boxes.
What Cupping Treats
- Back & Neck Pain
- Tennis/Golfers elbow
- Chronic Overuse (RSI)
- Muscular Pain
- General tightness
- Sports Injuries
- Alleviating Stress & Anxiety / Enhancing Well-being
Please note that cupping therapy is utilised within our other modalities to complement the treatments and achieve better outcomes. You can request cupping therapy to be incorporated into your appointment for no additional charge.