Myofascial Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin to create suction where the skin and tissue is drawn upward into the cup. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
The cups may be made of:
Cupping therapy might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C
There are two kinds of Myofascial Cupping techniques.
Massage Sliding Cupping - The cups are moved around and over the desired area to provide relief to sore and affected tissues.
Stationery Cupping - The cups are placed on a specific pressure point and not removed until the desired time has elapsed.
During a cupping session you will experience a unique sensation within the suction either during the action of sliding or stationary cupping. After the cups are removed you notice red spots on your skin that may turn into superficial bruising due to the localized increase of circulation. You may also feel light and sense a feeling of suppleness in their joints. A cupping session improves blood circulation and this in turn enhances the healing process. After a while, your aching muscles and sore tendons would start to feel agile and you would be able to return back to your normal self. If you continue this form of treatment then your overall flexibility is bound to increase and you would feel stress free and relieved.
Cupping maybe incorporated in to a massage session or used as a stand alone therapy.