WHAT IS CUPPING THERAPY?
Cupping has also been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries, and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks, and improve varicose veins. Cupping technique is safe, effective, and is the best deep tissue massage available.Cupping is an ancient medical treatment that relies upon creating a local suction to mobilize blood flow in order to promote healing. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place.
Conditions that can benefit from cupping include headache, back pain, joint and muscular pain, infertility, sexual disorders, rheumatic diseases, hypertension, breast enhancement, bed wetting, common colds and flu, insomnia, stroke, fever, constipation and diarrhea, chest pain, asthma, and blood disorders.
Post Cupping blisters can be common indication of damp heat toxins generally caused by sugar, alcohol, coffee, fried foods, smoking, and emotional stress. The red marks are not permanent and will fade and eventually disappear in about a week.
Gua sha involves repeated pressured strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth edge. Commonly a ceramic Chinese soup spoon is used..
The smooth edge is placed against the pre-oiled skin surface, pressed down firmly, and then moved down the muscles—(i.e., friction-stroking) — or along the pathway of the acupuncture meridians, along the surface of the skin, with each stroke being about 4-6 inches long.
It is often combined with Cupping.