Cupping is a massage tool that has been used for hundreds, perhaps thousand of years. Therapeutic cupping is an updated, healing use of this ancient tool. It utilizes glass or plastic cups and a vacuum pistol, machine or bulb that creates suction on the surface of the body. The cups are gently moved along the skin to facilitate the mobilization of joints and the release of soft tissues.
The therapist uses specific motions, including gliding, shaking, popping and rotating, creating different effects on the body. Depending upon the technique, the suction can reach into the soft tissue or it an work at a more superficial level to pull inflammation and toxins to the surface so that the lymphatic system can carry them away. This method is also useful for releasing scar tissue, even with older injuries or the presence of keloids.
This technique also creates a separation of tissue layers that facilitates water absorption and increased blood flow to dehydrated and poorly nourished tissue. This is particularly helpful before and after surgery.
Therapeutic cupping can also:
• Lessen pain and inflammation from injury or chronic conditions.
• Release deep muscular tension and reduce muscle spasms.
• Soften scar tissue and loosen post-surgery adhesions.
• Lift and stretch soft tissue to separate fascia restriction.
• Increase range of motion and flexibility in joints.
• Support healthy circulation and open the body’s natural energy flow.
• Float away stagnation through normal lymphatic flow.
• Empower any athletic training program to improve performance.
People often carry a “solid bloat” in their bodies from injuries, surgeries, or health conditions that may have occurred decades ago. The bloat is caused when inflamed tissues dehydrate the surrounding lymphatic fluid, inhibiting normal drainage, circulation and hydration. Consequently, the fascia fuses together and congestion spreads all through the upper tissue and skin surface. Therapeutic cupping is a powerful intervention to reduce inflammation and normalize lymphatic circulation.