Cupping therapy is an alternative form of healing and has been used in ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures as far back as 1550BC. While often used as an add-on treatment with acupuncture or gua sha, cupping is a treatment tried and true – and so simple – that many healers teach their patients to self-treat, as needed.
Cupping is often used as an add-on during a treatment. However, if you would like to book just a cupping session, please contact me to schedule.
How Cupping Therapy works
Cups may be made from glass, bamboo, or most popularly, silicone, and are applied to the skin to create suction, often with heating the air within the cup. That suction causes the skin to rise and swell as red blood vessels expand.
Often the cup is left on for several minutes so as to stimulate blood-flow, reduce inflammation, and after removal, to encourage relaxation and recovery much the same way a deep tissue massage does. As with massaging, cupping can leave a slight bruise, but most discomfort is mild and brief!
Essential Wellness can also help you apply your own cups through a virtual appointment – empowering you with another tool for your self-treatment regimen!