Gentle, controlled suction is used to release tension in muscle tissue.
Promotes improved circulation
Releases tension & calms nervous system
30 minutes | $50
Add-on: 15 minute massage | $80
The traditional ancient practice of cupping employs the localized use of negative pressure (vacuum) on the skin. Gentle, controlled suction is used to release tension in muscle tissue and vastly increase local circulation of blood and fluids. Healthy circulation is restored to the treated areas, creating space for oxygen, cells and nutrients for faster recovery.
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Some of the earliest recorded uses of cupping date back to the Chinese Han Dynasty. Though this therapy has been used in China for thousands of years, ancient medical texts in Egypt and Greece also indicate cupping as a common remedy.
Cupping originally used cattle horns or bamboo. During the 20th century, glass cups were developed and the ancient practice spread across the world. Today, cupping is mainly recommended for the treatment of pain, gastrointestinal disorders, lung diseases (especially chronic cough and asthma), and improving the body’s circulation.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does it work?
Cupping employs the localized use of negative pressure (vacuum) on the skin. Gentle, controlled suction releases the tension in muscle tissue and increases local circulation of blood and fluids. This restored, healthy circulation creates space for oxygen, cells, and nutrients for a faster recovery.
What can I expect during the treatment?
Cupping is not painful and most patients experience only a slight pinching sensation. After a consultation to determine your problem areas, a therapist will have you lie down and begin the treatment. A flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs, or paper is placed in the cups and set on fire. As the fire goes out, the cups are placed upside down on your skin. As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum, causing your skin to rise and redden as your blood vessels expand. The cup is generally left in place for up to 3 minutes.
What are the results?
Cupping treats tight shoulders, sore backs, achy muscles, colds, constipation, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, and pinched nerves. In general, cupping provides a sense of relaxation as tension evaporates from your tissues.
Is it safe?
Cupping is safe and should only be administered by a professional. There may be some mild discomfort, bruising, or minor burns in the area where the cups touch your skin.