Cupping therapy, also known as cupping massage therapy, is an ancient Chinese therapy in which small cups made out of glass or other materials are used to create suction on skin. This suction technique can help with the movement of fluids such as blood and lymph, thus increasing blood flow, reducing inflammation and swelling, reducing pain and helping to expel pathogenic factors such as wind, cold and heat.
What Is Cupping Massage Therapy?
Cupping massage therapy is usually performed with glass cups. The practitioner then uses forceps to pick up a cotton ball soaked in 91% rubbing alcohol, which burns at a very hot temperature that allows it to draw air out of the cup. The flame is then moved safely away and the cup is carefully placed over the skin, creating a suctioning effect. The cup is either left in a stationary position for 5 to 15 minutes, or it is moved back and forth over the skin. The moving cupping technique is often preferred due to the increased circulation and pleasant sensation it provides. We often use cupping therapy in the early stages of a cold or flu to help stimulate a healing response in the body and to help relieve chest congestion and coughing.
Cupping can be applied along acupuncture meridians, and is usually done as part of an acupuncture treatment. In Chinese medicine, it is observed that when there is stagnation in the body–such as congested fluids (for example, swollen ankles), impeded blood flow in areas such as sore muscles, or stuck phlegm (for example, a lingering cough after a cold or flu)—this stagnation can be moved with acupuncture and cupping therapy. Cupping acts as a type of massage in reverse, with the gentle suction of the cups creating a pulling effect to move and open up the area of stagnation and infusing it with a flow of fresh blood and oxygen. Opening up the free flow of blood and oxygen helps the body bring its own anti-inflammatory compounds to help the area heal and to relieve pain.
Cupping Therapy Benefits
We also treat infants and small children with rubber, silicone or plastic cups that are very gentle and suitable for their delicate skin. These types of cups do not need a flame to produce the suction effect. This can be an effective treatment for colds, sinus congestion and digestive disorders.
Cupping became even more popular as a therapy after swimmer Michael Phelps used it as part of his training regimen during the 2016 Olympics. Cupping Therapy in St Petersburg can help with athletic performance and recovery, in addition to many other benefits. We use this technique to help patients with anxiety, arthritis, digestive issues, high blood pressure, inflammation, migraines, pain, stress and even cellulite.
Cupping is generally safe when performed by a trained healthcare professional. After the cupping session, the patient will have marks on the skin from the suction and movement of the cups. These marks can range from light red streaks to dark purple marks that have the appearance of bruises. These will usually fade in a few days, but it is a good idea to think about whether this temporary color change of the skin is okay for any special events such as a day at the . The color of the cupping marks are often representative of the healing effect as the blood circulation improves. Most patients enjoy the effects of cupping, and we get many requests for this popular treatment! Dr. Eisenman and Dr. Wells are professionally trained, with over 25 years of combined experience. Cupping massage therapy is just one of the many beneficial therapies we provide.
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If you’re looking for a more natural and holistic approach to health concerns, It’s our mission to restore balance to your body through targeted holistic practices, including cupping massage therapy in St Petersburg! We first determine your unique constitution, and then design a treatment plan just for you. Our clients tell us that we offer some of the best cupping therapy in all of St Petersburg. Contact us today to set up your next cupping therapy appointment.