Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy that involves the application of hollow cups to the body by creating a suction within the cup. The treatment is used to correct energetic imbalances, relax tense muscles and treat areas of pain. Many patients compare the sensation of cupping to a deep tissue massage but, un-like massage, cupping therapy stretches muscles instead of compressing them.
Chinese Cupping Massage is particularly useful for muscular tension in the back, shoulders, and neck. It helps to improve circulation, and may also be used to smooth areas of cellulite.
What to expect:
Dr. Lun, ND uses traditional fire cupping (glass cups) and, on occasion, silicone cups. The cups are suctioned to the body and continuously passed over the treatment area which stretches and smoothes the tissues in its path.
Most patients feel a general release of tension and diminished pain in the area of the body that has been treated. If strong suction is used, there may be some soreness, similar to what is felt after a deep tissue massage.
NOTE: Because the cup is suctioned to the skin, bruising may occur at the treatment site. These bruises are not painful and will fade within a few days.