Cupping therapy has been around for over 3000 years. It was first used with an animal horn to draw out toxins from snake bites and skin lesions. The techniques and the cups used back then have changed but the effect has remained the same for thousands of years.
Cupping involves placing silicone or glass cups on the skin and using air pressure to create a suction effect. The skin will rise into the cups and blood is pulled to the surface of the skin this promotes increased blood circulation to the muscle and tissue, breaks up scar tissue, loosens facial restriction, brings oxygen to the cells as well as releases and drains excess fluids and toxins. The therapist may leave the cups in one spot for a few minutes or they may move them around the affected area that they are working on. Massage therapy is also used during this treatment to first warm up the muscles and then to help with the detoxing after the cupping.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are the marks you get from cupping bruises?
How long do the cupping marks last?
The marks can typically ranges from bright red to a darker purple, and can last from 3 days to a week. A darker coloring means that there is a high level of toxins and stagnation in the section of the body that has been treated. In this case, the marks can last for up to 3 weeks.