Cupping is a vacuum type massage technique performed with handheld cups. Placing suction cups on the body creates a partial vacuum to reduce tension on the skin and tissues underneath.
By creating suction and vacuum pressure, it can soften tight muscles and tone, loosen adhesions and lift up restrictive connective tissues. The specific technique brings hydration and blood flow to the body's tissues. It can be used to move deep inflammation to the skin surface for release and drain excess fluid and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways. Cupping can be used over any region of the body as long as there is a seal between the skin and cup, therefore cupping is more suited to larger areas of muscles.
Benefits of Cupping
Cupping can be used after any form of exercise or post sporting events. It can be effectively used to be used after exercise to help remove waste products from the tissues and muscles. During exercise, acids and waste products such as lactic acid are built up. A buildup of waste products can contribute to muscle soreness and tightness. Cupping can help lift up the tissues, increasing blood flow. Increased blood flow can drain out waste products from the tissues and replace them with oxygen and nutrients.
- Enhance joint and muscle function
- Improve circulation
- Break down scar tissue adhesions
- Promotes healing process
- Helps remove toxins and stagnated blood
- Improves range of motion
- Loosens tight muscles
- Improves Qi
- Calms nervous system
- Alleviate headaches
- Sports injury recovery
Cupping can be used to treat tight muscles. It is beneficial as it relieves tightness without the need of large pressure being applied. This massage technique lifts the tissues up, relaxing the muscles and allowing the muscle fibers to move slightly apart. To enable the muscle fibers to move apart rather than being tightly packed together increases the range of movement and flexibility of the muscle area.
Cupping is also effective when used to treat high tone. High muscle tone is the main cause of muscles tightening up. When muscles are tight, tissues become stiff and rigid which limits movement. Cupping releases high tone by increasing temperature of soft tissues, increasing blood circulation, breaking down adhesions and decreasing tone.