Kind of like deep tissue but in reverse!
Cupping involves placing cups on specific points of your muscles and creating a vacuum to help:
- relieve pain
- reduce inflammation
- increase blood flow
- improve relaxation
- improve general wellbeing
Different therapists use different methods. As a therapist, I use both static and mobile cupping techniques for the best results. Cups are applied to the body and moved along muscles to help with circulation and then left stationary for a few minutes to help 'dig out those knots'.
Mobile cupping generally does not leave any marks on the body and will help increase blood flow and oxygenate the muscles, and decrease congestion and pain. Static or fixed cupping is similar to trigger point therapy and will often leave a perfectly circular mark on the body , usually disappearing within a few days.
Cupping is generally used in combination with another therapy, such as massage, and is a very effective treatment method.