What is Cupping?
An ancient Chinese technique that has found its place in the modern world of healing. Cupping is based on the common practice of Baguanfa, and the incredible results that this simple treatment produces have truly impressed those who experience its subtle power.
By creating suction and negative pressure, cupping therapy is used to soften tight muscles and tone attachments, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue bring hydration and blood flow to body tissues, and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways. Cupping is versatile and can be modified to accomplish a range of techniques from lymphatic drainage to deep tissue release.
Cupping wakes the body up and makes it feel invigorated, at the same time producing a profound level of healing through the nervous system sedation. It stimulates the skin by increasing circulation while separating fused tissue layers and draining lymph to promote a smooth appearance, and healthy glow. It works deeper by loosening adhesions, facilitating the muscles to operate more independently and stimulating healthy elimination of accumulated debris in the tissues, organs and systems.
History of Cupping
Cupping developed over time from the original use of hollowed animal horns to drain toxins out of snakebites and skin lesions. Horns evolved into bamboo cups, which were eventually replaced by cultures that employed cupping as a health care technique. The true origin of cupping therapy remains in obscurity.
The Chinese expanded the utilization to include use in surgery to divert blood flow from the surgery site. Cupping eventually developed into a separate therapy, treating a variety of conditions. Early written records date back from 28AD and a traditional Chinese saying indicates “acupuncture and cupping, more than half the ills cured.” Chinese medicine observes that cupping dispels stagnation of Blood and Chi, along with external pathogenic factors that invade a weakened constitution.
The Egyptians produced a text on ancient medicine that discussed the use of cupping for conditions such as fever, pain, vertigo, menstruation imbalances, weakened appetite and accelerating the “healing crisis” of disease. From the Egyptians, cupping was introduced to the Greeks and eventually spread to ancient cultures in many counties of Europe and even the Americas. In recent history, European and American doctors widely used cupping in practice into the late 1800’s. Research papers were written in the 19th century, and a collaborative effort between the former Soviet Union and China confirmed the clinical efficacy of cupping therapy. It became an official therapy to be found in all Chinese hospitals.
With this rich history of medical application, how does Cupping Therapy fit into today’s health and spa industries?
Cupping techniques are an incredible addition to energy and bodywork therapy, physical therapy, facials and body treatments. The action on the nervous system is sedating, and people often descend into a profound state of relaxation. On a deeper therapeutic level, Cupping therapy is very beneficial for many conditions such as high blood pressure, anxiety, fatigue, chronic headache, fibromyalgia, neuralgia and cellulite. Contracted, congested muscle tissue will soften quickly with only a few minutes of Cupping Therapy.
Larger cups are used for
the broad areas of the back, and a strong vacuum will mimic the rolling action of deep tissue massage without the discomfort. The movement may be long and draining or circular and stimulating for
stubborn knots and areas of rigid tissue. The skin will turn very red with strong suction, indicating that the circulation has been brought to the surface. The increased local blood supply to
the muscles and skin will bring nourishment and allow for toxins to be carried away via the veins. The sensation is truly indescribable! People often describe a deep warmth, and a
tingling sensation long after the treatment has ended.
Conditions That Respond to Cupping