Chinese Cupping Therapy involves heated glass cups which are then applied to the skin by suction. The cups stay in place for around 5-15 minutes and are not painful or uncomfortable. In fact, people often love the feeling of cups, comparing it to a nice deep massage.
By creating suction this moves stagnation, removing toxins and promotes blood flow to the local area. The benefits of cupping include improvement in circulation and alleviated pain in the local area that the cupping is being applied to.
Cupping therapy is effective for period pain, PMS, musculoskeletal tightness and pain, digestive issues, skin conditions, immune support and other health conditions. In women’s health traditional cupping, moving oil cupping or needle cupping may be added to your treatment plan depending on your presenting symptoms.
Cupping can sometimes result in temporary discoloration of the skin called petechiae. These marks are associated with improved blood flow to the area and naturally, dissipate within a few days. They tend to look like small circular bruises, and often cause more alarm than is necessary. While a bruise may hurt, cupping marks do not.