Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine. Cupping is used in more than 60 countries. Its usage dates back to as far as 1,550 B.C. There are different forms of cupping; the most common are dry, wet, and fire cupping. The therapist uses special glass, plastic or silicone Cups are applied onto the skin and a suction is created, pulling the skin up. It is meant to increase blood flow to certain areas to the body. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage
Fire cupping involves soaking a cotton ball in almost pure alcohol (70%). The cotton is clamped by a pair of forceps and lit via match or lighter, and, in one motion, placed into the cup and quickly removed, while the cup is placed on the skin. The fire uses up all the oxygen in the cup which creates a negative pressure inside the cup. The cup is then quickly placed onto the body and the negative pressure “sucks” the skin up.
A body butter or a massage oil may be applied to create a better seal as well as allow the cups to glide over muscle groups (e.g. trapezius, erectors, latissimus dorsi, etc.) in an act called “gliding cupping” or “sliding cupping”. Dark circles may appear where the cups were placed because of capillary rupture just under the skin.
Sometimes Chinese cups are also used during a session. These are plastic cups in which the air is sucked out and therein the suction of cupping can happen and is a little bit more controlled.
Sessions are at least 30+ minutes and can be combines with a Pulsing Massage (discount applied if receiving both).
Price per session $40.00