Cupping is used as a way of moving stagnant blood and fluid in the tissues. These fluids get stuck from old bruises, other injuries, injections, and general muscle tightness and trigger points. It’s like your closets at home; over time they just accrue stuff and need to be expunged.
Cupping works though either glass or plastic cups, though I tend to use plastic. They are placed on the body and some suction is applied to them. The skin gets pulled into the cup to a varying degree. More is not necessarily better. The feeling is that of a light pinch.
The results are the bringing of the fluids to the surface. Some bruising can occur but it is not new bruising, only the expulsion of old fluids. The bruising typically goes away within a week. The aftereffect is a looser muscle, more range of motion and improved circulation of blood.
I have started teaching seminars on cupping. The field is quickly gaining in popularity and many people are trying to learn it. Teaching has enabled me to try new things and expand my thinking on the cupping modality. You don’t truly know something until you teach it.
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