Used in traditional chinese medicine for over 2,500 years
Cupping has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2,500 years. The purpose is to enhance circulation, help relieve pain and pull out any toxins that may be lingering.
It acts in the reverse of massage, using suction directly on a point to pull skin, tissue and muscles upwards rather than applying pressure.
How does it work?
I incorporate cupping within an acupuncture treatment when it is required. I heat the air inside the glass before quickly applying it to the body – the heat causes the suction to occur.
The length of time the cups remain depends on what we are seeking to treat and at most you may feel a tight sensation in the area of the cup (many patients have said this is pleasant and relaxing).
Post-treatment you may find your skin has temporarily turned red, perhaps blue or purple and this can last from a few days to a couple of weeks but it’s rarely painful.