Cupping has the ability to release soft tissue at a faster rate than by hand especially on tight muscle groups.
Cupping may release soft tissue at a faster rate than by hand especially on tight muscle groups.
Cupping is a very effective form of treatment in which a plastic or glass cup is attached to the body surface creating a vacuum between the skin and the cup. Cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow and sedate the nervous system (applied next to the spine) so is a great alternative therapy for anyone suffering from, muscle strains, tight muscles, acute or chronic pain conditions, bronchial congestion, to name but a few of its applications.
There are different methods of cupping but I specialise in dry cupping. It relies solely on the action of suction.
FLASH CUPPING - cups are placed and removed very quickly without being moved around on the skin.
STATIC CUPPING –cups are placed over the skin to create negative pressure and left for 5-15 mins depending on treatment needed and age and medical history of client.
GLIDING CUPPING - can relieve muscle tension and improve blood flow to painful areas. Cups are place on the skin and moved in different directions. It can feel more intense than static cupping but is similar to the effects of a deep massage.
Does Cupping mark my skin?
Cupping can leave marks on the skin but these usually fade very quickly and I always only apply cups for a few minutes if it’s the first time for someone so that I can see how their body is reacting to the placement of the cups.
Even the darkest marks will be less intense after 24hrs, in most cases marks will clear by the next day or at worst between 3-7 days therefore before your cupping treatment you should check your social calendar as the marks may still be visible. Please make sure you have eaten something before your session as cupping on an empty stomach may cause dizziness or nausea. It’s also important to drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol for 48hrs after your cupping session.
Benefits of Dry Cupping
Releasing rigid soft tissues
Delivering blood flow to blocked muscles and skin
Helps to remove stagnated blood and cellular waste
Lifting connective tissue
Promotion of lymphatic circulation
Muscle and connective tissues are stretched
Breaking up and expelling congestion
Stimulation of qi and blood movement systemically and locally
Increases localised circulation
I’m trained in Swedish and Sports Massage but probably use a combination of both for my clients depending on their needs. Generally, I only add oil-based massage to the end of an amatsu session if I feel it’s warranted, or the client specifically requests it.