Cupping involves the use of warm glass cups or vacuum cups held by suction caused when warmed air in the cup cools, to massage the body by sliding along the muscle.
Traditionally the cups are placed on the back, shoulders and lower back in order to expel toxins from areas of pain and tightness.
Stationary cupping involves cups being left on the skin for 5 to 15 minutes to facilitate the release of stagnant blood, pathogenic factors and dispel internal heat based on Chinese Medicine principles.
Massage cupping uses oil so the cup can glide over the skin to release tension and congestion in the muscles.
Most cupping procedures will create a red to dark red circle on the skin, but this generally disappears within a week.
The action on the nervous system can be sedating and clients report experiencing a deep state of relaxation. Clients can also experience a feeling of lightness and flexibility in the area of pain or range of movement restrictions.