Cupping therapy is an adjunctive technique used in acupuncture treatments. An ancient technique used in various cultures it has become increasing more popular in today's society as celebrities and professional athletes have been outspoken regarding the benefits.  

It is a cutaneous bodywork modality that improves the circulation of blood, lymph and qi and removes metabolic toxins in the skin, fascia and muscle tissues.  Cupping therapy employs the use of suction between a cup and the skin to gently pull the superficial tissues. The vacuum is created by either heat or a hand pump.  

benefits of cupping therapy

  • Enhances circulation of blood, lymph and energy

  • Relieves pain and swelling

  • Breaks up obstructions and knots in muscle tissue

  • Stimulates acupuncture points

  • Removes toxins in the tissues

  • Promotes relaxation

cupping therapy treats

Musculoskeletal support: pain, scar tissue, injuries, muscle tension, limited range of motion and arthritis

These ailments are seen as a type of stagnation in the muscle and fascia creating knots and trigger points that prevent proper function.  Cupping helps to disperse the stagnation and increase blood flow to the area so the injury receives the proper nutrients and oxygen for healing. 

Respiratory support: common cold, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, allergies and phlegm congestion

Cups placed on the back over the lungs help improve immune function and respiratory conditions by moving blood and lymphatic fluid throughout the body and eliminating toxins. Cupping helps nourish the lungs, alleviate phlegm and congestion, speed up recovery time and eliminate symptoms associated with any respiratory conditions.  

Gastrointestinal support

Cupping therapy can be beneficial for frequent stomach pains, diarrhea, loss of appetite, symptoms of IBS, and bloating.

cupping methods

Fixed cupping:  

Cups are placed on a selected area of your body and then left for about 5-15 minutes without being moved. This method will result in temporary discoloration of the skin, petechiae, and are associated with improved blood flow to the area and naturally, dissipate within a few days. 

Moving cupping:  

Therapeutic oil is applied to the area prior to the cupping procedure which allows the cups to move along the muscle fibers and affected meridians. This method leaves no skin discoloration.