Cupping refers to an ancient Chinese practice in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (by using change in heat or by suctioning out air), so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup.
The first recorded use of cupping as a treatment is from the first century AD when a Taoist herbalist wrote of its use to heal various ailments. Today it is used all over the world to treat anything from asthma to digestive disorders, but is particularly used in the west to treat pain, deep scar tissues in the muscles and connective tissue, muscle knots, and swelling. Holistic practitioners also use cups to increase flow of chi (or prana) to and from chakra centers to promote balance and release of emotional tension held in the tissues.
The process begins with the client’s skin prepared with coconut, almond or other appropriate oil. Then glass cups are depressurized by providing some fire in the cup to heat up the air within just prior to placement on the client’s skin.
Generally, the cups are left in place for 5-15 minutes. In some cases, the cup may be moved while the suction of skin is active, called gliding cupping. This system can be preferable when the bruises associated with cupping are to be avoided for medical or cosmetic reasons. Most clients report no pain whatsoever - even in cases of bruising! The sensation is similar to a deep tissue massage.
The back provides the best canvas for cupping work, and it is most common to treat the Bladder Meridian and particular points on the Governing Vessel. The Thai lines that correspond to these Chinese Meridians are Ittha and Pingkhala (Bladder Meridian Left and Right) and Sumana (Governing Vessel). These also correspond with the Indian Nadis, Ida, Pingala and Shushumna.
Cups may also be placed on other points along various Sen Lines if they are in areas where cups can form suction, such as legs, shoulders and abdomen, and even the face. For points that are not accessible with cups, deep pressure is used along those lines as the cups are left in place on other points.
Schedule a cupping session today! We offer the service as an add-on to a Thai Bodywork or Chakra Balancing Session, or as a stand-alone treatment.
$25 Add-on (no time added to session, i.e. a 90-Minute Thai Bodywork Session with Cupping is $150)
$149 5-Session Cupping Package (30 minute introductory session plus 4 15 minute follow up sessions within 3 months)
$65 30-minute Cupping Session