HOW DOES CHINESE CUPPING WORK?
We usually use two sets of cups for symmetry. As you can see, the suction of the cup pulls the skin and tissues up and away from the body. Unlike accupressure or massage therapy, which compresses muscles and tissues, cupping therapy decompresses by gently pulling tissues outward. This creates space, boosts circulation, tones skin and tissues, and helps move lymph.
Plus, it feels fantastic. People receiving cupping therapy often comment that it feels like they just received a deep tissue massage.
In traditional Chinese medicine, cupping was frequently used to relieve respiratory congestion by using cups across the chest. Almost anywhere on the body, cupping can be used to:
• boost circulation
• enhance tissue flexibility
• move fluids that might otherwise be stagnant (can cause pain and inflammation)
Caution – it may leave red or slight bruise for a few days – but nothing dangerous. It can look like a “round hickey” or that you have been hugged by an octopus – many times it leaves no marks. This is what many of the Hollywood stars like Gweneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston have been sporting on the Red Carpet showing from their designer gowns!