Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine practitioners believe to relieve sore or tight muscles. The process consists of administering suction cups usually made of glass or silicone to your problem areas. Using heat or suction, the cup becomes like a vacuum and sucks your skin upward into the cup. Negative pressure provided by cupping loosens your muscles, encourages blood flow, and sedates your nervous system.
Cupping is used to relieve pain, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, inflammation, and even cellulite.
We place the cups on your back, neck, shoulders, or wherever you carry the most tension. A common misconception is that cupping is painful. This is not true. Our clients describe the feeling as a tight pulling, never painful.
After about 15 minutes we take the cups off, which leave behind little circular suction marks for a few days to a week. You might feel some soreness, especially on the darker spots, similar to how you’d feel after a deep tissue massage.
Healthy Blood Flow
If your marks after your session are light reddish pink this means that you have healthy blood flow!
This is the middle ground. It’s not bad, but it’s not great.
Marks that appear dark like this indicate that there has been an injury or illness that has been there for a while.
Let's get this straight.
Cupping does NOT leave bruises on your skin. The marks that are left behind look very similar to a bruise, but they’re not the same.
Bruising is caused by impact trauma leading to the breakage of your capillaries and a reactionary rush of fluids to the damaged location from the tissue injury.
Cupping pulls the non-circulating stagnant blood away from your injury so that healthy blood flow can occur. This creates a healthy space for oxygen, living cells and nutrients for a quicker recovery.