What is Fire Cupping Therapy?
Cupping is an ancient therapy practised throughout the world for centuries. Unlike other forms of bodywork that use compression to push down on the tissues, cupping therapy uses negative pressure to draw up the tissues encouraging soft tissue release, loosening areas of restriction, removing stagnation of blood and Qi (energy) and increasing fresh blood flow to the affected areas.
Effects and Benefits of Cupping Therapy
Cupping therapy has a variety of benefits and may be helpful for the following:
● Reducing Inflammation
● Relaxing tight muscles, (particularly in the back, neck and shoulders)
● Relieving tension in the body
● Digestive problems
● Easing discomfort of coughs and colds
● Moving stagnant blood and Qi energy
● Increasing blood and lymphatic circulation
● Loosening areas of restriction
● Relieving stiff joints
● Relieving aching muscles
● Promote the flow of fresh oxygenated nutrient rich blood to target areas
● Deep tissue work without the discomfort
What happens during a treatment?
The area to be treated is first massaged with oil prior to the cups being placed. A flame (ignited cotton wool soaked in surgical spirit) is briefly placed in glass cups to create a vacuum. These cups are then placed on the body to create suction that pulls up the tissues underneath.
The cups can be rapidly removed and replaced, moved along the body in a gliding motion or left stationary for 5 – 20 minutes.
You will feel an initial pulling due to the suction as the cups are placed on the body. This should not be painful. If at any time during the treatment you feel pain or discomfort, inform the therapist and the cups will be removed immediately.
Cupping therapy can leave bruise like marks on the skin that can last for a few hours to a few days. They usually fade away within a few days although on some occasions they can last longer. These marks are not painful and are only temporary, causing no permanent scarring or change to skin pigmentation.
Who can have Fire Cupping Therapy?
Before we begin your treatment we will have a consultation with you to ensure the therapy is suitable for you. In some circumstances Fire Cupping Therapy is not appropriate. For example, if you are on blood thinning medication, have peripheral neuropathy, easily inflamed skin, etc.