What is cupping?
A therapeutic fire cupping treatment involves warming and placing cups, made of glass, on the skin. By warming the air within the cup, a vacuum is created, and when it is applied to the skin, the tissue is drawn up into the cup. This increases the blood flow, loosens the fascia or connective tissue, and is thought to stimulate healing. It is similar to the way deep tissue massage can be used to break up scar tissue and reduce pain. The cups are often placed on the back, neck, and shoulders or the site of pain. Cupping may cause temporary bruising and soreness, depending upon the degree of suction created by the vacuum and the level of internal stagnation.
Why is glass cupping better than plastic cupping?
Plastic ones are not very well suited to moving along the skin once in place, as the edges are not entirely smooth and the strength of the cups is limited.
What is Gua Sha?
Gua Sha is a therapy that using a massage tool to apply pressure and scrape the skin to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and release toxins. Combination with cupping can enhance the quality of each and expedite healing.