Cupping Therapy made its way to modern society primarily due to the 2006 Olympics, but has been used since ancient times. Cupping uses a negative pressure that draws the tissue up inside of the cup which, in-turn, takes the stress off of any structures below, like nerves, fascia, organs and muscular tissue. This “suction” brings fresh blood flow and nutrients to the area which aids in the healing process of the area.

Depending on the goals of the service, different styles of cups and techniques of cupping are used to relax the muscles, bring range of motion back to the joints, reduce nerve pain and decrease stagnation within the tissues. The cups the practitioner uses can be used stationary over or next areas of dysfunction and pain, in a massage-like movement pattern, over the stomach to increase digestion, and/or stationary with stretching incorporated to really bring mobility back to the body.

It is very important to note that the detox symptoms can be worse if the client is dehydrated so be sure to drink plenty of water before and after the session. If you have never received cupping before, it is also expected to have nonpermanent marking left behind, which could last up to two weeks in extreme cases.