Note: Only dry cupping is offered using a pump-like device for safe application without the use of flames or needles. Wet needle cupping involves piercing the skin with an acupuncture needle or scalpel. Rest assured, we do not perform wet needle cupping. We do not pierce the skin.
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Cupping therapy is a very old healing modality dating back to ancient Chinese, Egyptian, and Middle Eastern times. The therapist lights a flame under the open end of the cup for a few seconds. These special cups are usually made of glass, bamboo, earthenware or silicone. The cup is applied to the skin of the patient as a vacuum is created when the warm air inside the cup cools. This causes the underlying tissue to rise into the cup and redden the skin while the blood vessels expand. Typically the therapist will leave the cups in place for 2 to 3 minutes and then reapply each cup again to a nearby area that still needs treatment. Usually the areas of the shoulders and back- down to the buttocks are treated, but arms and legs are also commonly treated. Typically 7 cups are used, but this varies depending on area covered.
Skin color on the treated areas typically turns a dark blue to bright reddish color, like a large bruise and lightens in color to a light yellow. Eventually, it goes back to normal skin color within 14 to 18 days.
Receivers of this therapy generally say it feels like a light pinching or squeezing sensation. Some describe it as a very deep invigorating massage. Cupping is widely believed by its users to help the body’s lymph system, better eliminate toxins and promoting healing, deliver pain relief, blood flow improvement, deep tissue relaxation and a feeling of overall revitalization of well-being.