what is cupping?

Cupping has been practised for thousands of years worldwide for the treatment of disease and pain. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, cupping involves placing glass, plastic, or bamboo cups on the skin with a vacuum. This therapy is used to relieve stagnation of blood, energy (Qi), and lymph.

It's uses include relieving pain in the muscles, especially back pain from stiffness or injury, and clearing congestion in the chest, which can occur with colds and flu.

Cupping has also found popularity amongst famous Hollywood stars such as Gwenyth Paltrow who caused excitement after showing up to a New York film premiere in 2004 sporting a low cut top that revealed her back covered in large circular marks indicative of cupping.

After a Cupping treatment, you are recommended to:

cover the area
keep warm
avoid wind, exposure to sun & sudden temperature change
stretch (however, no heavy workout on the day of treatment)

Due to the suction during Cupping, you will be left with circular marks on your back that will turn from a deep red into faded bruised-looking marks. These disappear completely in two to six days.

cupping video

Gwyneth Paltrow gets cupped and learn about cupping
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