Cupping comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is used to relieve stagnation of blood and Qi in the channels and to disperse stagnation in the body. In western words; the negative pressure inside the cup creates a massive flooding of blood and body-fluids which delivers nourishment, immune and inflammatory factors to create healing, removes metabolic waste and creates the renewal of tissues.
You may have seen celebrities with circles on their backs and shoulders from cupping. These circles are sometimes the outcome of cupping therapy. The coloring of the circles in called Sha. Sha is the expression of metabolic waste in the body, such as lactic acid. The presence of Sha in the body is a confirmation of the obstruction of the flow of Qi and blood. It is a clue of the poor delivery of blood to both nourish and restore the body’s tissue. Sha is different from a bruise because after repeated treatments Sha will eventually stop appearing.
Some examples of conditions you may want to recieve a cupping treatment for are arthritis pain, headaches, menstrual pain, sore muscles, acute or chronic pain and TMJ. Also colds and flu symptoms, indigestion, bloating and stomachache.
Feel free to reach out with any questions or to book your cupping session!