Cupping is an ancient technique which uses suction, rather than pressure, to stimulate certain parts of the body.
Cupping can be used to help to draw lymph fluid and blood to the surface of the skin, relieve pain, muscular knots, scar tissue and muscular tension, reaching deep into the muscle where other therapies may not be able to.
How does cupping work?
Your therapist will use a flame inside a cup, and as the flame goes out, will place the cup on your skin. When the air cools, it creates suction on the skin, reaching deep into the muscle and causing the expansion of blood vessels. Sometimes, a rubber pump may be used to create the suction, rather than heat.
What are the benefits of cupping?
The suction (or vacuum) method has many benefits to the body. These include draining and circulating stagnant blood which has accumulated in the muscle tissue and helping to expel tension, pain and heat from within the body. Stagnation can be caused by a build-up of waste in the blood (such as toxins or lactic acid) due to injury, exercise or overuse of the muscle. Excessive stagnation can contribute to inflammation, swelling, stiffness, limited motion and pain – some of the symptoms often associated with rigorous training or common muscular strain.
When the waste is brought to the skin’s surface, blood capillaries and the lymph system work to transport it to be broken down and expelled from the body. Detoxifying the muscle also helps to re-establish the body’s healthy qi flow.
Cupping can also be used to promote well-being and for relaxation.
Cupping treatment at Lulu Acupuncture on the Gold Coast
If you would like to book a cupping treatment, or if you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team.