Cupping principal FAQs

Cupping therapy has been used in China and some other countries for several thousand years. The skin is the largest organ in our body, containing fluid, blood, blood vessels, connective tissue, muscle and nerve supplies. Cupping works to manipulate the skin and influence blood and other functions of the body, improving circulation, lymphatic drainage and alleviating muscle tension. It is thought to influence the lymphatic system and lymph nodes that form a vital part of our immune system.
The vacuum created by the cup creates a negative pressure. This creates a gentle suction on the skin which may 

This creates a gentle suction on the skin which may encourage cells to move towards the cup, and open pores in the skin. When the cup is removed, the skin and cells move back to their original state. The addition of heat helps to accelerate your metabolic rate (the amount of energy your body is using to function), increasing the benefits of the treatment.

1. Physical stimulation of the skin through cupping is thought to increase blood circulation, skin temperature and metabolism in the skin tissues. It may also improve the function of sweat and sebaceous glands (the glands that secrete oils onto the skin).
2. Cupping may stimulate the nerves within our skin and may help to stimulate the central nervous system in the same way acupuncture can, decreasing the release of cortisol (a stress hormone which contributes to a number of conditions).
3. Cupping on muscles is thought to cause the blood vessels in our body to expand, increasing blood flow and lymphatic flow, which can have a powerful effect on chronically tight muscles.
4. Cupping on inflamed joints may again improve function through better flow of blood within the joint, and through influence synovial fluids (which help lubricate our joints).

Yes- when performed by an experienced, qualified practitioner.

No- it just feels like a pulling sensation and may feel slightly warm.

The cups cause the marks on your skin. How long they last depends on how strong the suction was.

No- as blood flow to the skin increases, it causes the redness to occur.

Sessions can take from 5 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on your treatment requirements.

Yes!

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