Cupping therapy might be trendy now, but it’s not new! Last years Olympics shone a light on this ancient treatment – an element of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Everyone was wondering, “What are the purple dots on Michael Phelps?”. Cupping is a healing method intended to stimulate blood flow and lift the skin from the muscle. The cups rupture capillaries, creating distinctive round, painless bruises.

What Does It Help With?

1. Relaxation

Cupping creates a deep stretch in the muscles and fascia and increasing circulation – encouraging relaxation, much like you would experience following a massage treatment. 

2. Pain Relief

Cups create pressure and can be applied to painful areas and swelling.  Cupping pulls the skin away from the underlying fascia to improve blood flow – maximizing access to nutrients and oxygen in the area and reducing pain.

3. Detoxification

Poor circulation can cause toxins to build up. Cupping gently encourages blood flow to the area and removes stagnant blood containing toxins, debris and dead cells.

Cupping has been used in all sorts of conditions including lung infections such as pneumonia, bronchitis, common cold, headaches and most commonly to relieve muscle tension and improve muscle recovery following exercise/training. 

What Does It Feel Like?

When the cups are applied with suction, this creates a pulling sensation in the area. Some people compare it to deep massage. The best way to understand how it feels is to try it out! 

Are There Any Side Effects?

Generally cupping is very safe – when provided by a trained health professional. Following a treatment, you will have red or purple marks on the skin from where the cups were placed. These usually disappear within 10-14 days.