What Is Cupping Therapy?
To perform this treatment, the therapist places small, specialized cups on the skin and then applies heat or suction. This creates negative pressure that draws the tissue slightly up into the cup. The cups are left in place for the appropriate length of time, based on the therapist’s technique and your treatment goals.
Cups are made from a variety of materials including medical-grade glass, bamboo, plastic, silicone or earthenware. At Body Balance we use a combination of plastic and silicone cups.
Cupping can be a little intense or slightly painful when used therapeutically but is not painful or uncomfortable when used for relaxation, although you will feel a unique sensation. Some clients liken this feeling to having a massage on the inside. Clients report feeling a profound sense of relaxation and calmness during and after the treatment.
Cupping has been used for centuries in China but, today, some of the world’s most elite athletes seek this treatment for the many physical and mental benefits it provides.
You may have seen the “cup kisses” on athletes or others who have had this treatment. These are ring-shaped marks that remain for a few days after a session. They are not bruises or damaged skin. These marks are simply indicative of where the cups were placed and the specific area of the body where your healing has begun.