Cupping is a type of alternative therapy that involves briefly attaching rounded inverted cups to certain parts of the body using a vacuum effect. Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This relieves muscle tension, which improves overall blood flow and promotes cell repair. Cupping is used to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and promote relaxation and overall well-being.
How does cupping feel? Is it painful?
Cupping clients usually report lasting changes for the better (especially with cumulative treatments). Cupping has a sedating effect on the nervous system, and many people find it profoundly relaxing. After a cupping treatment, clients typically report feelings of relief, muscular release, lightness, pleasant tingling, freedom from pain, and an increase in flexibility and muscular control. Contracted, tense, and painful muscle tissue will soften quickly with just a few minutes of cupping.
Cupping is generally not painful. Some people who suffer from fibromyalgia or other chronic muscular disorders may feel minimal discomfort and should mention it immediately so adjustments can be made. Many people report that muscle tension and tenderness that was present prior to the session continues to improve for many hours after the session is completed. Patients often experience lasting results versus the short-term benefits of receiving a general massage.