Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine. A therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. It helps with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation.
Abdominal Cupping: With regular abdominal cupping, thee is an increase in digestive secretions that enhances peristaltic movement.
Sport Cupping: Increases the blood supply to a specific area. Athletes use it in the recovery of sore and tired muscle.
Still cupping vs Moving cupping (Gua Sha)
During still cupping the cups are placed onto one location of the body and left there. This process is helpful to treat certain acupuncture points, specific areas of imbalance or tension.
Moving cupping involves an oil or lotion that is placed on the body, allowing the cup to move with ease over a large area.
Moving cups is a great way to cover a larger area of the body. It is predominately done on your back and treats conditions locally. Cupping also uses acupuncture points located on your back and other areas of the body to treat other ailments.
What are the differences between Cupping and Massage Therapy?
Cupping can also be used in conjunction with deep tissue massage. While massage relaxes muscle by using direct pressure to release the tension. Cupping uses negative pressure to lift the muscle fibers. Deep tissue management by itself is great for releasing knots and tension. When combined with cupping the client will get even more relief due to the stretching of the skin, muscle and blood vessels. Massage improves the flow of blood and lymph to reduce muscular tension or flaccidity. It engages the nervous system by stimulation and sedation while enhancing tissue repair.