What is Chinese Cupping Therapy? Cupping is an ancient Chinese method of causing local congestion or increased circulation.
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 stasis is formed 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. 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. ViVi Therapy only uses traditional Chinese methods of Cupping using glass fire cups. We are able to incorporate slide cupping into treatment protocols where myofascial release is indicated.
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.