Cupping Therapy is rooted in ancient Chinese Traditional Medicine and Eastern Massage Therapy and is based on the belief that certain health problems can be caused by stagnant blood and poor energy flow through your body.
Cupping practitioners apply cups to your skin to create a vacuum, negative pressure, that sucks your skin inward. This is a gentle suction that can be adjusted to each person’s tolerance. This suction allows fresh, nutrient-rich and oxygenated blood into the area, helping to dispel stagnant blood and lymph, which improves energy flow that helps heal the body.
Cupping Therapy is used to loosen tight muscles, release adhesions and break up scar tissue. Tight muscles, muscle adhesions and scar tissue all lack proper blood flow. Tissues lacking in blood flow become ischemic resulting in tissue dysfunction, which we feel like pain, reduced movement and weakness.
After a treatment marks can be left on the skin and are a diagnostic tool for the Cupping Practitioner. The darker the marks, the more cellular waste or stagnant blood flow there is in the area. With each successive cupping session, the marks lighten, indicating to the practitioner that blood flow is improving and cellular waste is being eliminated more effectively.
How long do the marks last? It all depends on how well your body’s lymphatic system processes cellular waste. Some have had marks disappear just after 3 to 5 days, and others have had marks take up to 10 days to disappear.