What is Fire Cupping you ask?
Fire cupping is a traditional Chinese therapy that has been used to treat illnesses and imbalances for over 2,500 years. Originally, the “cups” were made from animal horns and practitioners used their own lips to create suction. Contrary to the name, fire never actually touches the body.
According to Michael Gaeta, president of the Acupuncture Society of New York, there are two predominant forms of modern cupping therapy. In both, a practitioner creates suction in a cup, applies the cup to the patient’s body, and in response to the suction, blood rushes to the area and the skin at the contact site is “sucked up” into the cup.
Newer methods of cupping use mechanical devices to create the suction such as plastic cups and tubes. The more traditional method, however, creates suction by applying heat within traditional glass spheres —such as from a lighted candle—hence the name “fire cupping.”
At Aromasense Massage & Bodyworks we use the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) method for a variety of circulation, muscle pain and tendon tightness issues. Fire cupping is also excellent for detoxing massages. Placed along the meridians of the body and targeted acupuncture points, the suction from the fire cups encourages movement of toxins and lymph and restores balance by opening up the bodys Qi.
Usually, a number of suctioning cups are applied to the patient’s skin for several minutes and then removed. While cupping is not considered painful, it may leave round red marks on the skin for a day or more. These red marks are called “Ecchymosis.” One way to think of cupping is to compare it to a massage, but in reverse: the cups pull your muscles up, encourage old stagnant blood to move from tight areas and encourage fresher blood to bring oxygen and relief to the injured area.
The Holistic Body Benefits of Traditional Fire Cupping Treatments
- Improved Blood Flow
- Loosening of Tight Muscles
- Moving Lymph and Toxins through the body opening healing systems
- Encouraging release of pain relieving endorphins
- Stimulating and open the bodies Qi
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