Cupping is a therapy that involves applying a vacuum effect via cups to the skin surface by way of heat or suction. In so doing, the suction draws good fresh blood supply into the meridians of that area which encourages fresh nourishment to the muscles and tissues and filtering of the waste stored in the muscles away. As a result, cupping is good for nourishing weak areas, breaking up stiffness and knots, promoting circulation, invigorating the lymphatic system, moving colonic blockage, activating the skin and generally relieving tension.
Cupping is quite notorious for the dark bruising it often yields. This is not a certainty with every recipient and depends largely on the level of tension and stagnation in your muscles. The bruising is usually not tender to touch, simply a colourful reminder of what has been drawn out of your muscles and it is usual to only bruise that severely in the first treatment, as in subsequent treatments, the stagnation has already been addressed.
Cupping is not usually applied for very long to yield results as the invigoration of the channels gives wonderfully quick relief. It is one of the best forms of deep tissue massage available and can be a fantastic accompaniment to acupuncture too.
Have you got something that needs to be cupped?