Cupping Massage is an ancient Chinese form of alternative medicine that's used to remove the congestion, stagnation, and blockage of Qi—the body’s vital life force energy.
Benefits include the following:
- Improves circulation: The suction forces blood to flow to the massaged area, activating the lymphatic drainage system. As blood flow increases within vessels and capillaries, tissues receive much-needed nutrients and oxygen.
- Eliminates toxins: Cupping detoxifies metabolic debris in muscle tissue, fascia, and skin. When a vacuum is created in the cup, a negative pressure is applied, affecting the tissues four inches below the skin’s surface and releasing these toxins.
- Pain relief: Studies show cupping helps reduce inflammation of tissues, increasing range of motion, improving flexibility, and eliminating chronic pain.
- Mental benefits: A cupping massage also has therapeutic benefits, like decreasing anxiety and depression. Studies show that serotonin—the so-called happy hormone—is released during the massage, stimulating a parasympathetic response to bring about relaxation and tension relief.