What does it do from a Western perspective?
- Decrease muscle activity, thereby reducing pain
- Drawing out stagnation of congested metabolic waste in tissues improving micro-circulation & encouraging cell repair & angiogenesis
- Assist lymphatic system reducing swelling around tissues
- Fascial stretch of tissues improving functional mobility
- Induce a state of comfort and relaxation on a systemic level
- Reduce musculoskeletal pain including: fibromyalgia, injury rehabilitation, chronic pain conditions, persistent tightness, muscle tissue recovery
- Aid detoxification of tissues
- Aid recovery of tissues with scarring & nerve damage
Does it hurt?
No - you will feel an initial tightness as each cup is suctioned in place drawing the skin into the cup, your therapist will ensure each cup is adjusted to your comfort level
Does it leave marks?
Yes usually but the degree of marking (not referred to as a bruise as there is no injury) is subject to the tissues stagnation being worked on, how long and the level of vacuum that the cups are placed with. Cupping marks tell us what's happening beneath the skin and with successive treatment the marking will become less. Marking can last from a couple of hours up to 10 days. Only in extreme cases will you have marking up to 20 days.
How often should I get Cupping Therapy?
That really is dependent upon several factors: what you are treating, how your body responds to treatment, how long you've had the issue. Generally it is recommended a course of six treatments weekly or biweekly. If treatment of chronic health conditions the treatment can be used for a longer period at a less frequent use as part of a pain management plan.
What do the suction cups do?
Loosen and lifts the connective tissues while hydrating the targeted tissues by increasing blood and lymph to the area of cupping. Assisting the lymphatic system to help clear away toxins and metabolic waste from the area.
How long does it take?
A hour's treatment includes:
- Initial consultation upon first visit
- Assessment of body tissues
- Time to allow for undressing & dressing
- Consecutive treatments as part of a course can be half an hour following.
Cupping Therapy aftercare
- Hydrate! Most important to assist your lymphatic system in ridding the body of all the dredged up waste.
- Avoid warm baths or showers immediately following
- Keep areas cupped warm & covered up
- Avoid alcohol consumption
- Due to the lymphatic system stimulation, you may (not always) experience fatigue or flu like symptoms following, this is normal. Planning appointments around an evening when you are able to rest is advised & your body will thank you.