Benefits of the Cupping Technique
Cupping is a technique that uses small glass cups as suction devices that are placed on the skin to disperse and remove local stagnation by drawing congested blood outward from the source of pain. The cups cause a local micro hyper vascularization within the blood vessels, which helps the normal flow of blood in the affected area. Before the application of cups, the therapist will apply oil on the skin to allow for smooth and comfortable contact with the skin.
The suction in the cups causes the skin and the superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. Cupping is like the inverse of massage – rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses pressure to pull the out from the body. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation. Once suctioned, the cups are generally left in place for 8-12 minutes while the patient relaxes.