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Cupping Therapy is a form of Traditional Chinese medicine. Like acupuncture, Cupping has been documented as a healing remedy in works written by Chinese herbalists dating back to 300 AD.

Cupping is a technique that uses small glass cups or bamboo jars as suction devices that are placed on the skin, usually on the back.  A cotton ball is used to create a flame which, in one fluid motion, is placed into the cup, quickly removed, and the cup is placed on the skin. By adding fire to the inside of the cup, oxygen is removed and the suction is created.

Once the suction has occurred, the cups can be left in place along the acupressure points or meridians of the body, or can be moved across the skin, referred to as “gliding Cupping”.  The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage - rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most individuals, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation.

Like acupuncture, Cupping follows the lines of the meridians on the back. By targeting the meridian channels, Cupping strives to ‘open' these channels - the paths through which life energy flows freely throughout the body, through all tissues and organs, thus providing a more free-flowing qi (life force). Cupping can affect tissues up to four inches deep from the external skin. Toxins can be released, blockages can be cleared, and veins and arteries can be refreshed.

The suction and negative pressure provided by Cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system. Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines.

Cupping can be added on to a traditional table massage or experienced as a stand-along treatment.

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