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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.
Cupping is a fantastic and increasingly popular therapy on its own, due to many celebrities and athletes discovering it’s benefits recently and sharing with the public. It is also an excellent part of acupuncture treatment and irreplaceable in all conditions involving tension, pain, trigger point formations, early onset of colds and flu and to detox after a long night out. It works by heating the air inside the glass before quickly applying it to the body – the heat causes the suction to occur, as vacuum is created.
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 but if sliding cupping is used, many patients have said this is pleasant and relaxing
Post-treatment you may find your skin has temporarily turned red, or have a purply tinge and this can last from a few days to a couple of weeks but it’s rarely painful, if unsightly if you are going to be exposing cupped areas, so if this is the case, it is worth mentioning it to the practitioner.