Cupping is the combination of massage movements and negative pressure with the use of a suction device on the skin. A cup is positioned at the area to be treated and, depending on the type of cups being used; a vacuum is created within the cup to draw the skin and underlying tissue into the cup. The produced vacuum creates a suction effect that increases blood and lymphatic circulation systemically and to the local area, relaxes muscle tissue and support, draws stagnation, pathogenic factors and toxins out of the body and releases a myriad of pain causing factors.
The intended suction can range from light to heavy. This, along with the movements performed and areas treated by the therapist will produce stimulating (toning) or sedating (draining) effects.
Cupping pulls stagnation out of the tissues and brings it to the skin level. The pores expand discharging some of the waste and toxins, the rest of the waste and toxins are more accessible to the body's circulatory system and lymphatic system where it can be properly flushed out. In addition cupping brings fresh, revitalized blood to the stagnant areas.
By creating negative pressure above the surface of the tissues, the decrease in atmospheric pressure allows the tissues below to be lifted upwards – increasing the space for the underlying structures.
Therapeutic benefits of cupping
Cupping creates localized expansion of tissue, producing a profound vasodilation reaction – drawing the blood flow to areas of ischemic pain (an inadequate blood supply to an organ or part of the body).
Cupping effects to the SKIN
Expands the blood vessels of the skin, causing an increase of:
- Blood circulation
- Skin temperature
- Metabolism within the tissue
- Functioning of sweat and oil glands
- Cutaneous respiration
- Nutrition supply to the tissues
- Withdraws stagnant blood from skin and removes poisons.
- Accelerates the secretion of salts, and water.
- Strengthens the renewing power of the skin and its resistance to various external conditions.
Cupping effects to the MUSCLES
- Stimulation of subcutaneous capillary vessels which activate and expand blood vessels within muscles.
- Increases blood flow, removes congestion in joints, attachments and other musculoskeletal structures.
- Suction from cups facilitates the excretion of lactic acids and toxins from within the muscles and surrounding support.
- Post cupped muscles maintain increased temperature and fluid for much longer than traditional therapy.
Cupping effects to the CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
- Cleansing of blood
- Cleaning the blood improves circulation – good circulation is paramount for optimal health.
- Cleanse the system so it can better fight and recover from disease.
- Purifies blood by removing dead debris, increasing red and while blood cell activity, and altering the blood PH chemistry oof body fluids from acidic to alkaline or neutral.
Cupping effects to the NERVOUS SYSTEM
- The gentle pulling action stimulates the sensory nerves of the skin.
- Treatments of the posterior central line and sympathetic nerves have a powerful effect on both autonomic nervous system and various organs under its control.
- Effective against: general malaise, depression, headaches, anxiety, body pain, fatigue.
Cupping effects to the DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
The gentle stretching action on the abdominal regions:
- Stimulate the inside and walls of the digestive organs
- Stimulates peristalsis
- Secretion of digestive fluids
This in turn:
- Strengthens overall digestion
- Elevates the uptake in absorption of nutrients
- Increases digestive fluids
- The digestive system is affected even when receiving a back treatment, by stimulating the spinal and autonomic nervous system.