Ancient Healing for Modern Living


Cupping is an ancient therapy in which cups are used to create a suction on the skin. Although used for over 2,000 years, the therapeutic effects of cupping have gained recent recognition due to its use by celebrities and sports athletes.

Description & Benefits

Treatment:  There are many methods of cupping that may involve using glass cups with fire to create a vacuum or plastic cups which use a pump to create a vacuum. Cupping creates a suction on the skin effectively loosening the fascia and connective tissue to remove blockages, increase blood flow and promote healing. By increasing blood flow and removing any stagnation, cupping allows accumulated toxins to be brought up to the surface to be processed by the body.

Although sliding cupping can be performed without leaving any marks, stationary cupping may leave temporary bruising typically lasting a few days. The severity of the marks depend on the level of suction used (which can be adjusted according to patient comfort), and the level of stagnation present internally. Areas with a higher level of stagnation will produce a darker mark as blood is moved to the surface and circulation is improved, and this reflects a positive sign of therapeutic results. With repeated sessions, the stagnation in the area should resolve resulting in decreased bruising.

Conditions Treated:  Cupping is useful for many conditions including for pain relief and muscle relaxation, to break up adhesions and scar tissue, the treatment of common colds, respiratory issues, general circulatory issues, and the release of heat in certain inflammatory conditions. When performed with a sliding technique on the back, cupping can help to relax large muscle groups and can feel similar to a deep tissue massage.

The Process:  We perform a combination of sliding and stationary cupping. A massage oil or herbal liniment is first applied to facilitate gliding of the cups. The cups are then left on the patient for anywhere from 5-20 minutes, depending on the condition.

Aftercare:  A cupping session will open the pores of your skin, leaving you susceptible to catching a cold. After a cupping session, it is suggested that you keep your neck and back covered, avoiding any direct contact with cold or wind. A shower, bath or swim should also be avoided for up to 8 hours.