Cupping / Moveable Cupping

Cupping is a traditional Chinese practice using glass suction cups on the skin, which rids the body of toxins through the skin and muscles. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place.

Cupping therapy has been further developed as a means to open the 'Meridians' of the body. Meridians are the conduits in the body through which energy flows to every part of the body and through every organ and tissue. There are five meridians on the back that, when opened, allow invigorating energy to travel the whole length of the body. It has been found that cupping is probably the best way of opening those meridians.

Cupping has also been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins.

This is the best form of deep tissue massage, localizing healing by promoting blood flow. Chinese practitioners also treat varying conditions, including colds, lung infections and problems with internal organs, commonly use cupping. It is also used to treat muscle and joint pain and spasms, particularly in the back.