The skin is drawn upwards through suction in a cup, over a targeted area of the skin. The cup stays in place for 5 – 15 minutes and is then removed. This ancient form of alternative medicine treats localised pain, assists in the breakup and re-alignment of deep scar tissue, and softens tight muscles and knots.
Cupping Therapy works by creating a vacuum inside a cup that is placed on the body, which draws stagnant blood and sticky fluids (that forms around tears in the muscle fibres) to the skin’s surface.
With the waste fluid being drawn away these damaged fibres, new healthy circulation rushes to the area allowing fresh oxygen and nutrients to the area, encouraging faster recovery.
This a fantastic alternative medicine to release tension in the muscles and break up adhesions. This therapy may not be suitable for everyone as it will leave visible redness on the skin, that last approximately 10 days but for some could last up to 3 weeks.
Benefits can include
- Enhanced blood circulation
- Removal of stagnant blood and fluid that can remain around old injuries
- Better performing lymphatic system
- Reduced stress levels
- Softened scar tissue
- Relaxed nervous system
Cupping can used as an ‘add-on’ service to your massage treatment.
We offer a wide range of massage techniques designed to get the best results for you.
Frequently asked questions
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Is cupping safe?
Yes. This treatment has been around for many years. Your therapist is highly trained and qualified in cupping techniques and will only use it if it is safe to do so and there are no contraindications.
Will it hurt and bruise?
There is an element of discomfort with this technique, depending on where on the body you have it. Although this treatment will leave marks on the skin, it is not bruising. Bruising is caused by impact trauma with the breakage of capillaries and a reactionary rush of fluids to the damaged location from the tissue injury. There is no compression in correctly performed cupping. The severity of marks left on the skin depends on the amount of stagnation in the tissues. If there is little stagnation and the tissues are healthy then the marks left will be light pink and fade quickly. If there is a high amount of stagnation then the marks left can be dark purple in colour and take a longer time to fade. Before treatment you will be made fully aware of the effects it leaves on the skin.
What are the benefits?
Benefits include, enhance blood circulation, stimulate immune system, activates lymphatic system, stress reduction, post surgery adhesions, soften scar tissue, relax the nervous system and clearing stagnant blood around an injured tissue.
What is massage cupping?
Massage cupping is a form of dry cupping where lotion is applied to the skin and the cup is move along the body to a desired spot. This is a great way of locating areas of stagnation in the tissues as the colour of the marks on the skin will indicate areas that will need attention. It also helps break up cellulite.