Our Cupping Runneth Over: Cupping Therapy, explained

Our Cupping Runneth Over

Cupping Therapy, explained

After two thousand years, acupuncture is finally gaining traction outside of Asia; more and more people are finding relief, and now they're asking questions about "all that other stuff"—complementary therapies, including cupping!

In cupping therapy, cups made of glass, plastic or even bamboo, are placed on the skin in such a way that creates suction. Skin, superficial muscles and connective tissues are pulled outward instead of pressed; working similarly, but in the opposite way of massage therapies. Cupping's gentle pressure increases circulation, releases cellular debris and relaxes muscles; promoting natural healing while relieving musculoskeletal pain and inflammation. The pulling action of cupping is a real alternative when sensitive tissues or musculature can't withstand inward pressure.  Many people experience the same relaxation and sense of well being with cupping as with traditional massage because cupping the sedates the nervous system.

Cups are most commonly placed on the back, shoulders and neck, but can be placed anywhere on the body, including the face. In accordance with Traditional Chinese Medicine, placementoften follows the body's pathways (meridians) or specific acupoints in direct response to the condition for which you are receiving treatment. The meridian system is a network of channels, linked to different parts and functions of the body. By encouraging a good flow of blood, lymph, and fluids the body is better able to heal itself naturally.

Cupping therapy has many uses—and is often used in conjunction with acupuncture therapy to treat:

  • back and neck pain
  • migraines
  • fatigue, anxiety
  • skin problems
  • gynecological issue
  • respiratory problems
  • rheumatic diseases
  • cellulite
  • facial paralysis

What about pain and bruising, you ask? It's true, some bruising is a normal result of cupping, but its generally painless and the bruises disappear after a few days. To a great degree, the pressure created by the cups can be regulated by your therapist. Tightness and a pulling sensation is expected, but It is important to communicate any discomfort so the therapist's technique can be adjusted. If you're new to cupping, your therapist can begin with gentle pressure and increase the intensity as you become more comfortable with the experience.

Cupping is just one of the complementary therapies Healing Foundations offers. Please visit our website for information on the host of treatments we offer for your holistic health.

May your cup runneth over!