What is Chinese Cupping Therapy?
Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapeutic method of increasing localized blood flow and meridian circulation or qi (chee).
A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying skin, epidermis and connective tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood flow is enhanced providing increased oxygen to tissues and localized healing takes place.
Cupping therapy has been further developed as a means to open the ‘Meridians’ of the body. Meridians are the pathways through which energy flows. Energy flows through these meridians to every part of the body including through every organ and tissue. There is access to these meridians from the back and extremities (limbs, neck and head) Cupping creates a meridian portal and allows invigorating energy to travel through the body. It has been found that cupping is one of the best ways of opening meridians. Our acupuncturists use the traditional Chinese method of Cupping, glass fire cups. We are able to incorporate slide cupping into treatment protocols where myofascial release is indicated. Special vaccuum cups are also used for Facial Acupuncutre which is a very popular non invasive beauty treatment with systemic benefits to the whole body. Read more on Facial Acupuncture Therapy
Cupping Therapy has also been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues. This systemic reach can help tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages and increase circulation to the skin and blood vessels. Cupping has been known as an effective treatment for varicose veins. Cupping provides a unique way to massage tissue deeply. The western bodywork term for Cupping is “Myofascial Decompression” and that is what happens when the vacuum from the cup draws the tissue away from the underlying tissues and bone. The action is decompressing the muscle and fascia and engorging the tissue with blood for healing.
To ensure you receive the full benefits of your cupping therapy session, allow the marks from the cups to fully dissipate before your next session. Stay warm, keep the area warm and draft free and do not expose the marks to direct sunlight for best results.
Initial 45 minute appointment ~ $90
Subsequent 30 minute appointment ~ $65