Cupping also feels good. It releases tight muscles. I often do a style of cupping called "massage cupping." This means sliding the cups on the painful area of the body. This feels great and is relaxing like a massage.
Cupping works in a few key ways:
- It increases circulation of blood into the area. According to acupuncture theory, where there is pain it is said that blood does not flow freely. Cupping helps bring new blood to the area to oxygenate the tissues.
- It stimulates the immune system to clear out metabolic wastes from the tissues and the cells, allowing regrowth and repair of the muscle and skin tissue.
- Cupping works on a soft tissue that surrounds your muscles called fascia. Tight and inflexible fascia is often responsible for sore, tense and painful muscles.
- It moves and stimulates lymph flow. This is helpful for healing, and also has cosmetic applications as well. I do facial cupping massage that can reduce puffiness, bags under the eyes and plump up the skin.
I offer cupping therapy as a stand-alone treatment as well as included with an acupuncture treatment.