Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction. Cupping enables the blood and energy to move again and travel to the area to begin the healing process. It is a powerful detoxifying, pain-relieving and energy building modality that people all over the world use for health maintenance. Its effects are remarkable on hypertonicity and aching muscles and activate the secretion of synovial fluids, which release joint stiffness in ways not possible using the pressure of the traditional massage. It concurrently creates a localized expansion of tissue, producing a profound vasodilatation reaction – drawing blood flow to areas of ischemic pain, raising skin temperature, promoting metabolism within the skin tissue for better functioning of sweat and sebaceous glands, flushing capillary beds, draining stagnant blood, toxins and lymph, and re-supplying vital nutrients.
Its use in beauty therapy is based on promoting hormone production, encouraging blood and the secretion of digestive fluids, and increased peristaltic movements in the bowels and internal organs, thus removing harmful toxins that speed up the ageing process and other degenerative conditions.