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Cupping Therapy

Chinese Cupping Therapy

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Cupping Therapy

Chinese Cupping Therapy

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Chinese cupping therapy is a process of suctioning or vacuuming sections of the body's meridian system for the purpose of drawing out toxins, pain management, increasing blood flow, and promoting a healthier flow of chi energies.

 

Cupping therapy complements massage therapy and acupuncture treatments

The massage therapist or acupuncturist will apply massage oil or baby oil to your skin prior to placement of the cups. The air inside each cup is heated with a flame prior to placing the cup upside down directly onto the skin. As a result, a suction sensation occurs and attaches to the body. The cups are left on the body for a few minutes. Welt marks, an effect of the air pressure, could remain on the skin for up to fifteen days following your treatment.

Traditional cups used in cupping therapy are made of glass or bamboo, and hollowed out animal horns. Today, there are a variety of cupping sets on the market which incorporate the use of magnets and a vacuum pump and magnets in leu of using a flame.

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Ailments treated by cupping therapy include:

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Arthritis
  • Muscular aches and pains
  • Sciatica and back pain
  • Rheumatic conditions
  • Weakened immune systems
References:
  • Massage Cupping - www.massagecupping.com
  • Massage Mag - www.massagemag.com


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