Cupping is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is a technique that can not only improve health but provide numerous additional benefits.
One way to think about cupping is that it is the inverse of massage. Rather than applying pressure to muscles, the suction of cupping uses pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscles upward.
Cupping was developed thousands of years ago. The techniques of cupping have been updated but the original philosophy is the same.
Cupping involves placing glass, bamboo or plastic jars on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. When the air is suctioned, the underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup. Cupping is used to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, and pull out the toxins that linger in the body's tissues.
The sensation felt during cupping is usually relaxing and soothing. Cups may be moved around or left in place. The cups may remain on the body briefly or for longer amounts of time. Each cupping treatment is unique to the client and to the client’s current day and overall health and wellness. A common area to be cupped is the back, although cups work well on other areas of the body as well.
Learn more about how to incorporate cupping into a massage therapy program at the Cupping class on October 14 and 15, 2017. Please visit our Continuing Education page for details and to register.