Cupping Therapy & Massage
Cupping Therapy & Massage
At Bencha Massage, we use glass, acrylic and silicone cups depending on the purpose of therapy. All types of cups can be used for massage cupping(moving or gliding) The target is to focus directly on the Myofascial system. The suction of the cups lifts and separates soft tissue. This technique is called passive soft tissue stretching which restores your body functions. We avoid making marks on your body, however occasionally it may occur on some trigger points. The marks indicate that the stagnation or disease has been moved from the deeper tissue layers to the surface.
Most of the traditional methods of applying the cups involve the use of flame to create a vacuum inside the glass cup. Some modern clinics use plastic cups with valves that are applied by attaching a vacuum pump to the valves and sucking the air out of the cups. Silicone cups are used mechanical rubber pumps to create suction. They are soft, flexible and excellent to use on bony and uneven areas of the body. This silicone cup has been found to eliminate or reduce the marks from cupping therapy
Cupping is used to relieve congestion by applying a vacuum in cups, either by heat or suction. The method behind it is to create a vacuum inside a vessel which is placed on the skins, generating section within the cup. The cup then sticks to the skin and draw the skin and superficial muscle up into the cupping jar. This suction is maintained by leaving the cups in place for about 5-15 minutes to enhance the energy flow. Another type of Cupping is the Massage Cupping. This is the common type used by massage therapists. The therapists apply oil or lotion before administering the cups. It is also called a moving/gliding Cupping because the cups are kept active and moving on the client’s body. The entire body can be treated or only to a specific problem.
The Round marks left after cupping
Round marks are sometimes left after cupping. These will fade and disappear after 3 to 7 days or longer. The discolouration reflects the condition of the problem being treated and also the suction strength and time the cup stays in position. According to TCM(Traditional Chinese Medicine)
- Dark purple, black marks indicate a deep seated blood stagnation, e.g. the colour will be darker the longer an injury or sickness remain.
- Pink, which disappear quickly, indicate a chi deficiency
- When the above two visual signs are combine, with the dark colour mottle and reddish colour underneath this indicates a chi and blood states
- When there is an abundance of strong cold chi in the body, the colour will be very dark purple. If the cold chi is minimal, the colour is a regular pink (or original skin colour)
Benefits of cupping:
It helps remove toxins from the body and stimulate the flow of fresh blood, lymph, and Qi to the affected area and throughout the body. It clears stagnation, relieves inflammation, sedates the nervous system, loosens adhesions, stretches mascles and connective tissues and even cellulite also nourishing blood supply to the skins and rehydrated soft tissue. It often works wonders for patients with the flu, colds, coughs, back and muscle pain including stiff muscle, muscle spasms, migraines, anxiety, stress, fatigue, allergies, aches, myriad other pains and remove heat from the body.
History of Cupping therapy
Cupping has been used for thousand years. Ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Chinese used this therapy as part of their medical practice. It was used in Egypt back in 3, 500 years and was discovered through their hieroglyphic writing. Ge Hong (281-341) the famous Taoist alchemist and herbalist, had the earliest record of the use of Cupping. Hippocrates of Ancient Greece recommended the use of cups in different ailments. In early 1900’s, a British physician, Sir Arthur Keith, wrote the success of Cupping. Many other famous physician practiced Cupping such as Galen, Paracelsus, Ambroise Pare and surgeon Charles Kennedy. Cupping is still used in medical treatment in many countries across the globe in this present time. Academic medical journals like the Lancet have recorded the benefits of cupping in surgery. (Cr: art of touch)