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 The Art of Cupping 
 

Cupping is an ancient art that has been used in many cultures for thousands of years and is a very effective method of relieving pain. There are different methods of cupping and all of them work very well at improving circulation and reducing stagnation.  Because, in effect, pain really is stagnation and in  the area of pain, it is not receiving normal circulation of blood and oxygen. 

Physical pain indicates a blockage in the flow of blood, oxygen and energy through the area and is due to a build up of toxins. Normal function of cells is using oxygen and excreting carbon dioxide, so when there is a blockage the cell waste cannot exit normally and stagnation occurs. When this happens in deeper tissues like the muscles of the back and shoulders, the body has trouble getting rid of this waste causing further stagnation and pain.

Cupping is used through suction to reach the deeper areas and help the body bring those toxins to the surface of the skin where they can then be eliminated through the capillaries at the superficial layer of the skin. Not only does cupping draw toxins out of the deeper areas but also pulls fresh, oxygenated blood to those areas which vitalize and restore proper blood flow.

   Sliding and Stationary Cupping

 

Cups don't usually need to be applied for more than 10 minutes and can be slightly uncomfortable for the first few minutes. There are two different styles of cupping which can be used depending on the area being treated and time available. Sliding cupping is used with a linament or oil, usually medicated, and containing blood moving herbs with eucalyptus or peppermint to open the channels for more effective cupping results.  This type of cupping is effective for minimizing the appearance of cellulite.  Sliding cupping usually is a 10 minute session. Stationary cupping can also be used with linament but typically is used alone and with sessions lasting from 15-45 minutes.