Cupping is a treatment to reduce pain, tension, and stiffness. It has been around for centuries (yes, centuries!). Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that cupping can facilitate the flow of “QI” in the body or your life force. Cups create a vacuum on the skin which pulls up on tight, deep muscle tissue, the process releases stagnant blood and lymph to flow freely.
There are a variety of cupping techniques: fire cupping, wet cupping, and dry cupping. Cups can be made out of hard plastic, glass, or silicone. Dark circle marks may appear on the skin from the superficial capillaries breaking under the skin. The dark circles look like a bruise but are not the same as a bruise from a trauma.
Glass cups are used by Samantha and Takhinsha. They can be used stationary on a focused area or in motion (stroking sweeps around a tight area of the body). The acupuncturist can control the degree of suction on a client’s skin, which allows them to adjust the intensity level. The cups stay on the skin for 5 minutes to 25 minutes.
Silicone cups are used by our massage therapists. They can be used stationary on a focused area or in motion (stroking sweeps around a tight area of the body). Since they are soft, the therapist can control the degree of suction on a client’s skin. This allows them to adjust the intensity level. If you prefer light pressure massage, you can still benefit from the effects of cupping as well!