What is Cupping Therapy?
Cupping is a form of Chinese Medicine treatment using suction cups on the skin. It is similar to that of a deep tissue massage which is good for muscular pain, promoting blood and lymph circulation, reduce swelling, improve respiratory conditions and detoxification.
Some benefits of cupping:
Asthma, cold and flu with coughing
Gynaecological conditions especially menstrual pain
Tension headaches and migraines
Sluggish circulation, digestion or metabolism
Muscle tension and stiffness
What should I expect?
Cupping generally leaves a pink-reddish to dull purplish marks depending on the severity of your muscle tension. In Chinese, this is called "Sha", meaning small rashes for toxins to escape. You may feel quite sore in the first 1-2 days after cupping, much like after a deep tissue massage. However, the soreness is not extreme and won't affect your everyday tasks. It is all a process of promoting blood circulation and detoxing.
How long does cupping marks last for?
Generally cupping marks will disappear within 4-5 days. If the marks are deeper in colour or if you are prone to bruising, then it can take up to 7-10 days to disappear.