Skyway Therapeutic Massage

Cupping Therapy

This traditional, time-honored treatment remains favored by millions of people worldwide because it's safe, comfortable and remarkably effective for many health disorders. In China, extensive research has been carried out on Cupping, and the practice is a mainstay of government-sponsored hospitals of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The fundamental therapeutic value of Cupping has been documented through several thousand years of clinical and subjective experience and has advanced its application to many areas.

Fire Cupping is the method of using glass cups to create localized circulation by a vacuum, and forcing blood and lymph flow where the area is blocked or deficient. This vacuum effect causes the blood to flow to the area in need of help and healing. Cupping reduces general aches and pains in our bodies.

Cupping has many benefits, tight shoulders, neck and back pain, pain in the shoulder joint and arms, knee and leg pain, increasing immunity and getting over flu and colds in record time, loosening any tight muscle, relaxation, fatigue, uncontrolled muscle spasms, as well as cellulite control and weight reduction and much much more.

Cupping is mainly recommended for the treatment of pain, gastro-intestinal disorders, lung diseases (especially chronic cough and asthma), and paralysis, though it can be used for other disorders as well.

How is it done?

This treatment has relation to massage techniques, such as the rapid skin pinching along the back that is an important aspect of Tuina. In that practice, the skin is pinched, sometimes at specific points (e.g., bladder meridian points), until a redness is generated. Cupping is applied to certain acupuncture points, as well as to regions of the body that are affected by pain (where the pain is deeper than the tissues to be pulled).

Generally, the cup is left in place for about 10 minutes (typical range is 5–15 minutes). The skin becomes reddened due to the congestion of blood flow. The cup is removed by pressing the skin along side it to allow some outside air to leak into it, thus equalizing the pressure and releasing it. Some bruising along the site of the rim of the cup is expected.