Cupping involves the use of glass, plastic, or silicone cups to create an isolated suction on the body. As a client, you will experience a sense of pulling in the local area where the cup has been applied. Depending on the type and style of cups used, the practitioner may keep the cups in one place for 5-20 minutes. Alternately, they may add an oil or cream to an area and move the cup around the body. This feels similar to a massage treatment, but has a comfortable releasing effect.
What is happening
A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin by means of suction. This draws up the underlying tissues. This creates a negative pressure on the muscles which helps them to relax. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place. Cupping has been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, flush the blood through the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins.
Some clients will experience an itching sensation due to the histamine reaction that occurs. This generally subsides after a few minutes. You may also have circles on your back that range in colour from pink to purple. Often, these circles will fade directly after the treatment but may last up to 5-7 days depending on how dark they were at the time.