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What is cupping therapy?

  • Cupping therapy is the use of suction to remove toxins from the body and increase blood flow to a particular area of the body.

What are the benefits of cupping?

  • Cupping alleviates pain, activates the muscles in the area allowing for increased blood circulation.

What is cupping used for?

  • Cupping can be used to treat pain, reduce cellulite, and activate muscles in the face for a face lift.  It can also be used to treat skin, blood, respiratory, back pain, nerve conditions, as well as boost energy, etc.

How long are cupping sessions?

  • This depends on the type of cupping, but it varies from 30-60 minutes.  The price is divided according to the type of treatment and the amount of time it takes.

How often can I get cupping done?

  • Cupping can be done as often as twice per week, but if there are previous severe red marks, they must gradually disappear before completing another round.  This also depends on the client and their health background.

Is cupping painful?

  • Cupping often has a more relaxing feeling because of the sedative effect it has on the nervous system.  During cupping, however, the cups will have a suctioning effect on the back regardless of the kind (fire, magnetic, kinetic), but this discomfort lasts for a couple of minutes.

How many cups do you use per session? What kind?

  • The amount varies depending on the health and age of the patient, as well as, the target area being treated.

  • The kinds of cups vary based on the treatment selected.  For example, massage cupping would use silicon-based cups while traditional wet cupping would use hard plastic and magnetic cups.

Who should avoid cupping?

  • If you have hemophilia.

  • If you are undergoing acupuncture therapy.

  • If you have diabetes and cannot feel pain or heat properly

  • If you have recently shaved (within 4 hours)

  • If you are sunburnt.

  • After aggressive exfoliation.

Why do "bruises" form after cupping?

  • These are not bruises, but rather toxins and old blood brought to the surface.  In Chinese medicine, they call these colored circles Sha.

How long do the "bruises" last?

  • Depending on the severity of the discoloration, Shas may last up to a couple of hours to 10 days before gradually fading away gradually.

What do the "bruises" indicate?

  • Shas range from light pink to dark purple.  The darker colored circles indicate a high level of toxins and stagnation that has to be treated more frequently while the light pink mean a lower level of toxins.  Pale spots, on the other hand, indicates anemia present.

What are the side effects of cupping?

  • Cupping is safe.  The reactions to cupping are only temporary and may include: cup kiss, discoloration due to toxins and blood being brought to the surface, tenderness, redness, itching, decreased blood pressure, and flu-like symptoms.

Is cupping covered by insurance?

  • Most insurances, in general, do not cover Complimentary alternative medicine therapies, but please check with your carrier as plans differ greatly.