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What is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which local suction is created on the skin using heat or mechanical devices (manual or electrical pumps). The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup.

Cupping is much like the inverse of massage - rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. This is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation.

The negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system. Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pain, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite.

Cupping is one of the best deep-tissue therapies available. It is thought to affect tissues up to four inches deep from the external skin. Toxins can be released, blockages can be cleared, and veins and arteries can be refreshed within these four inches of affected tissue.

Principles behind Cupping Therapy

Traditional Chinese medicine is based on the theory that the body remains healthy as long as “qi” or “chi” also known as the energy flows in the body stay constant and uninterrupted. Injuries and illnesses can result in the energy and blood circulation stagnating. If the blood is unable to circulate properly, impurities begin to build up inside the body. Impurities can include pathogenic elements, toxins, dead and dying blood cells and lymph, in addition to broken down and worn out cell debris. This buildup can in turn cause other illnesses in the body. To induce the body to heal itself, these impurities need to be removed. In other words, the body needs to detoxify.

How Cupping Therapy Works

Cupping therapy is conducted with the help of cups of different sizes designed for the specific areas of the body. As suction is created, the impurities lying inside the inner layers of muscles and tissues are pulled towards the inner surface of the skin. As they accumulate under the skin, you will notice the skin changing color. Once the impurities are drawn from the deeper tissues, fresh blood and lymph rushes to the area. This blood brings new nutrients and oxygen to the injured or unhealthy site. As a result, the damaged cells are healed and the body feels refreshed and rejuvenated. The blood and lymph also work to carry away the toxins to the liver, kidneys, skin, intestines, and, lungs so that they are expelled naturally.

Cupping Detox Massage

30 minutes • $55

A powerful cleansing and invigorating session of fire cupping. Suction is created with the use of glass cups to stimulate blood circulation and pull out impurities to the surface of the skin,  so the lymphatic system can eliminate them naturally and efficiently.

Cupping Full Body Massage

60 minutes • $100

A unique experience of full body cupping therapy combined with massage and aromatherapy to relieve pain and stimulate lymphatic drainage. This exclusive technique loosens sore and stiff muscles, promotes relaxation, detoxifies the body, and improves skin tone and firmness.

Cupping Massage & Acupuncture Combo

90 minutes • $140

Based on a complete Oriental Medicine assessment and diagnosis, the treatment is customized to each individual and can include a variety of techniques such as acupuncture, acupressure and moxibustion to address any specific health concerns. The session ends with a relaxing aromatherapy cupping massage.

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