Cupping is a technique that can do wonders for your body!
Most of the hands on therapies we use are compressive in nature. Cupping is the opposite with distraction. Massage, foam rolling, trigger point work all apply pressure to tender areas. There are times where this compression can be helpful but there are also times where compression feels threatening. Cupping gives us the option to increase blood flow, reduce inflammation, and reduce sensitivity through a different stimulus.
Some of the benefits include: decreased swelling, pain relief, tension relief, increased blood flow, decreased muscle tension, and many more.
Physiologically, cupping works to reduce pain by improving blood flow, alter superficial capillaries, improve lymphatic fluid distribution and improving local tissue oxygenation.
Cupping is often recognized by the the marks or bruises that it can leave. They can look pretty intense but you will be surprised how little you actually feel them. Cupping can also be done in ways that leaves no marks at all. These circles are a result of capillary breakdown under the skin. The healthier your skin the less it will bruise. The benefit of the bruising is that when breaking down the damaged capillaries your body will go through a repair process that can improve blood flow to those painful areas. This is one of the mechanisms of how cupping promotes long term well being. Don’t worry if the marks bother you we can still do cupping that will provide relief without the cool bruises.