What exactly is Cupping?
It's an ancient form of therapy where suction is applied to the skin for several minutes using "cups". It is often combined with massage and acupuncture. The discoloration often seen after cupping is due to broken blood vessels just beneath the skin, much like a bruise. The suction draws fluid to the area by opening up blood vessels.
What does it do?
Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This may relieve muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair.
What are some Benefits of Cupping?
-Alleviate muscle pain, tension & stiffness
-Improve fascial mobility
-clear chest congestion
-speed up recovery time
What do the Cupping Marks Mean?
Dark pink to red - mild to moderate stagnation; tension in the muscles (ex. post-workout) is constricting vessels and preventing the removal of byproducts, such as lactic acid.
Dark red to purple - severe stagnation; chronic muscle tension means fresh blood and oxygen supply to the muscles is limited; byproducts, toxins and blood lacking in nutrients is stuck and unable to be flushed out properly.
To find out more about cupping and acupuncture, book a complimentary 15 minute virtual or in-person visit with our registered acupuncturist, Megan