Information Regarding Cupping Therapy
Cupping dates back to at least 281 A.D. and was independently discovered in a few different cultures.
Fire is used to create a negative suction in the cup and the cup is then placed on the skin. This allows the skin, fascia, and superficial muscle to be drawn up into the cup.
Cupping is helpful in breaking adhesions, loosening knots, increasing circulation, and structurally changing muscles over time.
The negative pressure created provides the sensation of a "reverse massage" - a pull instead of a push. It should not be painful, if it is, tell your therapist immediately so that the pressure can be reduced.
Cupping will leave marks. These marks are essentially debris from the muscle and tissue rising to the surface. It is swept away and dealt with by the lymphatic system. The marks resemble bruises and go away between 2 days to a month depending on the health and resiliency of the tissue and any underlying past trauma to the area.