Cupping is an ancient therapeutic technique going back thousands of years . I practice a modern form of dry cupping using plastic cups which are applied to the skin and a vacuum seal is created by using a tool to draw air out of the cup. It is this negative pressure that creates the therapeutic benefit, creating a pulling rather than a pushing force (as with typical massage). The cups are placed strategically and can be left in place or moved depending on the desired effect.
Potential Effects of Cupping Therapy:
Relaxation by Stimulating the Parasympathetic Nervous System
Increases Circulation by drawing blood to the skins surface
Increases Range of Motion through increased circulation & synovial fluid production
Breaks down Scar Tissue, Adhesions & Fascial Restrictions
Encourages Lymphatic Drainage with light application
Aids the Respiratory System by loosening phlegm and relaxing muscles of respiration
Conditions that can benefit from Cupping Therapy:
Musculoskeletal Injuries: Scar tissue, Contusions, Sprains/Strains, Contractures
Overuse Injuries: Tendonitis, Bursitis, Plantar Fasciitis, Frozen Shoulder
Postural & Joint Dysfunction
Talk to your therapist to see if Cupping is right for you!