Dry Cupping is an alternative Chinese method that involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. The suction may facilitate healing blood flow, increase QI (life force energy), reduce pain, improve blood flow, circulation and promote cellular repair.
Dry cupping can take place on your back, legs, arms, and abdominal area. Depending on where you need the relief. Traditionally, it’s done on the back of the legs and on your back.
What should I expect during a cupping therapy?
During a dry cupping therapy session, multiple cups are placed on the skin and then suctioned into the cup. We use oils to ensure suction. You may notice a tightening sensation as the suction draws the skin into the cup, this is painless.
After the cups are removed, the practitioner may cover the previously cupped areas with ointment and bandages. This helps prevent infection. You may experience mild bruising, which typically dissipates within 5-10 days of the session. Once the cupping session is completed and suction is released you’ll feel a relaxing sensation.
For best results, you may also want to fast or eat light meals for two to three hours before your cupping session. Stay hydrated, drink plenty of water after your session. After your session make sure to wash the cupped areas with warm soapy water.
Enjoy aroma therapy, a relaxing foot massage, and aroma infused towels to complete your cupping experience.
What conditions can cupping help with?
Cupping has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions. It may be particularly effective at easing conditions that create muscle aches, digestive issues, skin issues, shingles, facial paralysis, disc herniation, aches, pains, circulation, cellular regeneration, reduce constipation and relieve headaches. This alternative healing should be done once every two weeks to maintain the flow of circulation.
Who should not receive cupping?
Cupping therapy isn’t recommended for everyone. Extra caution should be taken for the following groups:
- Children under 4 years old should NOT receive cupping therapy. Older children should only be treated for very short periods 2-5 minutes.
- Seniors. Our skin becomes more fragile as we age. Any medication you may be taking might have an effect as well.
- Pregnant people. Avoid cupping the abdomen and lower back.
- Those who are currently menstruating.
Do NOT use cupping if you are currently taking blood thinners.
Also avoid cupping if you have:
- a sunburn
- a wound
- a skin ulcer
- experienced recent trauma
- an internal organ disorder
You may experience (in very rare cases) light headedness and brief bouts of nausea during the process of cupping. This will dissipate once the decompression process starts.
You should always consult with your medical physician prior to entering into an alternative method of healing. By signing the waiver Beyond A Dream LLC/Beyond A Dream Brighton LLC will be held harmless for any and all injuries, death, medical issues, and/or any other legal stance surround alternative healing.