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Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy that is meant to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, and pull toxins out of your body’s tissues. This alternative therapy involves applying cups at specific points on your body to relax your muscles and promote blood flow. The cups can be made of glass, bamboo, earthenware, or silicone.

Benefits of cupping

There are numerous benefits to cupping therapy that ranges from relieving physical pain to improving mood and mental wellbeing. By removing toxins from your body and stimulating blood flow, cupping therapy relieves various conditions such as stress, pain, allergies, fatigue, flu symptoms, colds, anxiety, muscle aches, or fever. Pairing your cupping therapy with acupuncture will also help with the mental side of stress. It is important to know that this massage service should not be used on patients who bleed easily and/or cannot stop bleeding, have skin ulcers, or edema.

Cupping methods

There are two methods of cupping therapy: fixed cupping and moving cupping. Fixed cupping, also known as dry cupping, is the practice of placing the cups on a specific part of your body and left in place without moving throughout the treatment. Moving cupping, also known as wet cupping is the application of massage oil or cream on your body where the cups are to be placed, followed by the practitioner sliding them around that region of the body. With the oil or cream, the cups slide easily.

What to expect after

Something to keep in mind if you are going to try cupping therapy, after the treatment is complete you will have cup-size bruises wherever the cups were placed. Everyone’s skin is different, so the bruises can range in colour and the length of time it takes for bruising to heal may vary. These bruises can last from a few days up to two weeks and can vary in colour from red, blue, or purple. Even though it may seem like it would be painful because of the marks, it is not. These bruises appear because of the cups create blood flow and draw the blood to that area. Once the marks have cleared up, you can continue with your cupping therapy appointments until the pain or condition has resolved.

Dalhousie Health and Wellness can help

At Dalhousie Health and Wellness, we offer cupping therapy to help you relieve your various conditions and pains. Book a consultation with us where can answer any questions you may have about this massage service.