What is Cupping Massage?
This kind of massage reaches the deeper layers of muscles. It helps to break up and eliminate scar tissues that might come from previous injuries. The massage is corrective as well as therapeutic.
Suction and negative pressure is known to break up localized stagnation. Once an adhesion or congestion is pulled away from its source, fresh blood, energy and fluids rush in to speed up healing.
It is the art of creating space in the body.
Suction Action: A suction gun/pump is used to produce a negative air pressure vacuum inside the cups which have been placed on the skin. The suction works to release tight soft tissues and muscles.
STAGNATION versus FLOWING of body fluids and life force energy.
The danger of blood, lymph fluid, or Qi stagnation are well known to Chinese Traditional Medicine and the cupping technique has been used for century to alleviate illness symptoms and prevent desease.
Suction Pump Method
Stationary cupping - The cup is applied to a specific location on the body, a favorite area is the on the broad area of the back.
Running cupping - Lubricant is applied to the skin, a cup is adhered to the body and circular movements or long strokes with the cups can help release stubborn knots, adhesions and other types of rigid tissue or drain fluid accumulation.
The negative pressure from the cups cause extravasation of blood from peripheral capillaries and result in discoloration of the skin, this is known as Petechia. It is not a rupture of capillaries as in bruising and the discoloration fade from hours up to 2 weeks depending on the amount of stagnation and time of cup placement.