Cupping therapy is an ancient form of medicine where local suction is created on the skin. The suction is created with the use of mechanical devices or cups. These are often made of glass, or bamboo. Practitioners believe that cupping causes the blood to flow in order to promote healing.
Cupping is often thought of as the inverse of massage. Instead of applying pressure to the muscles, the suction pulls the skin, tissue and muscles. Cupping is often combined with massage, though it can be used alone in certain situations.
There are several methods of cupping. The two that are most commonly used in the United States are fixed cupping and moving cupping. In fixed cupping the cups are placed on the appropriate part of the body and left in place. They are not moved. In moving cupping a massage oil is applied and the cups are placed over the areas to be treated and then the therapist slides them around the area. The cups slide easily because of the massage oil that has been applied.
Cupping can bring relief from stress, pain, allergies, fatigue, flu, colds, back pain, anxiety, and muscle aches. It has many benefits like removing toxins, stimulating circulation and moving the lymph. People usually find it to be a pleasant and relaxing experience.
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This blog was written and adapted for Dori White, LMT by Herbalist Valerie Lull, MH. To read Valerie’s blog ‘Simple Ways to Stay Healthy’ go to www.vallull.blogspot.com