Cupping therapy is an alternative therapy which uses either glass or plastic cups to create a vacuum on the skin using heat or mechanical suction. The cups are either then used to massage the area or left in place for up to 15 minutes. It’s thought that the practice, which is thought to date as far back as 3000 BCE, promotes blood flow, helps treat pain and improve skin tone, including areas with cellulite.
Fire cupping, although sounding dramatic, is really just the process of creating a vacuum in the glass cup in order for it to adhere to the skin. The lit cotton is held with lockable tongs and does not touch the skin or the rim of the glass, but is placed in the cup for a few seconds before it’s removed and the cup quickly placed on the skin. Each time a cup is moved, it’s tested for heat, if it’s too warm another is used until it has cooled.
This technique follows the same process as the fire cupping, however a pump is used to create the vacuum instead of the heat from the lit cotton. Cold cupping often features smaller cups which can be better for particular areas such as the tops of the shoulders, however there is an argument over the potential additional benefit of the heat generated from fire cupping.
Cupping therapy can leave marks on the skin, however these are not painful or harmful and will fade in a day or two.
Please note: Ebor Sulis does not offer wet cupping treatments
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