Cupping is an adjunctive technique used in acupuncture treatments. It can be thought of as a reverse massage. Instead of applying pressure, the skin is gently drawn upwards by creating a vacuum in a cup over the affected area. The cups stay in place for 5-15 minutes and are not painful or uncomfortable. Cupping can help treat pain, deep scar tissue in the muscles and connective tissue, muscle knots, swelling, and tension. It can also help stimulate detoxification, loosen phlegm in the lungs, and improve overall circulation. Cupping can sometimes result in temporary discoloration on the skin called petechiae. These marks are associated with improved blood flow to the area and naturally dissipate within a few days.
Featuring acupuncturists Klara Kadar and Jill Blakeway