Cupping

Cupping is an ancient Chinese practice of applying cups to your skin and then creating a vacuum by removing the air from them. This suction causes your skin and outer muscle layers to draw up into the cup until it forms a small dome. Once the cups are suctioned to your skin, they are usually left in place for about ten minutes, while you relax sitting or lying down.

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Gliding cupping is a technique that involves movement of the cups while they are under vacuum. This cupping technique helps to raise areas of your skin and muscles around the cup. Moving the cups along the skin’s surface – similar to the edge of a spoon scrapping your skin – can loosen and release blockages and stagnation. Oil is applied to your skin to reduce friction and maintain the vacuum seal. Cupping can leave temporary round red marks in the cupping area, especially if a static cupping method has been used. The degree of discolouration in these marks can indicate the level of stagnation in the affected area.

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