Cupping and massage

Cupping is a traditional healing art that has been used by many ancient civilizations, including China which originally used bamboo cups. Flame is added into the cups, which dries the air and the cups are instantly applied on the skin. This causes suction of the skin and allows the cups to stay on.

Nowadays glass or plastic cups are used, but with the same principles. It raises the skin and aims to draw blood up towards the applied areas allowing better circulation, thereby promoting healing, muscle recovery, and pain relief. This drawing up of the blood with the suction in a specific point cause micro capillaries to burst and so you see round bruisings as a result, which normally disappears after 2-3 days. It is a very simple tool but difficult to master and use effectively. Cupping is usually offered as an additional treatment along with acupuncture. So make sure to see a fully licensed traditional acupuncturist before seeking any cupping treatment.