Cupping is an ancient technique, and there is a reason to believe the practice dates from as early as 3000 BC.
It has been shown to increase athletic performance and can be helpful for many conditions including:
- Acute and chronic pain, fibromyalgia
- Headaches, migraines
- Arthritis and other inflammatory conditions
- Skin issues such as acne, eczema, skin marks (angiomas, hemangiomas), cellulite
- Nasal and chest congestion, asthma
- Digestive disorders
- Anxiety, depression
A practitioner applies suction cups to the skin which draws up the underlying tissues, blood and lymphatic fluid. It has been found to affect the body up to 4 inches into the tissues.
The cups may remain stationary or can be moved around; the suction can be strong to affect deeper tissues or milder to bring a more superficial effect.
Following cupping, it is usual to have circular bruise marks. These will disappear over the next few days or so.
How does Cupping work?
Cupping has a significant effect on the circulatory system, improving circulation within the soft tissues and stimulating the flow of lymphatic fluid. This result facilitates the removal of toxins, the supply of fresh nutrients, draws out inflammation and relieves pain.
The physical action of stretching and pulling soft tissues away from underlying structures will relax muscle and tendons, allowing increased flexibility, improved range of motion, and assist with the breakdown of scar tissue and adhesions.
Most people find cupping to be incredibly relaxing and beneficial for stress-related conditions.
It can also improve digestive function by acting on the nervous system and has been shown to the smooth the appearance of cellulite.
Cupping is gaining popularity as its effectiveness becomes more widely known, and it is now not uncommon to see celebrities and top athletes with cup marks.