Cupping is commonly used in combination with acupuncture treatment to help relax muscles and reduce pain. Please consult with your therapist to find out if cupping will be beneficial for your condition.
What is Cupping?
You might have seen 'Cupping marks' on your friends or whanau, or in your local gym/swimming pool. Cupping is quickly gaining popularity among elite athletes or in the wider community due to its treatment benefits.
This ancient alternative medicine is practiced by placing special cups on the skin for a few minutes to create reversed pressure (suction). Despite its unappealing look, the treatment is mostly painless, generally feeling 'a bit of tightness only' during treatment.
Cupping is used with a variety of conditions. It is commonly used for musculoskeletal injuries involving pain, inflammation and stiffness. With the reversed pressure of cupping, it promotes blood flow in to the local area which helps to release the muscles and reduce pain. Cupping also helps to improve general well-being, as it can be used for low energy, headache/migrains, digestion, and women's health, as it stimulate the circulation of energy and blood along the meridians.
We offer 3 different types of Cupping during treatment :
Dry cupping is commonly known as cupping therapy, where cups are stabilized in one area, with suction.
Wet Cupping (Blood letting)
Wet cupping involves blood letting of the skin, a special pen is used to minimize pain during the blood letting procedure, we then create suction with the cups to release blood. In Chinese medicine, blood letting technique is often used for improving energy/ blood flow, swelling, pain, blood stasis.
Mobile cupping (Oil)
Mobile cupping involves using oil to glide the cups on the skin, it is known to be beneficial for soft tissue release and relaxation. Generally feels like a nice soothing massage.