Cupping involves creating a vacuum in a glass jar/cup which is then placed onto the skin to create a specific therapeutic effect. Historically, cupping has been around just as long as acupuncture and within some cultures is used independently of acupuncture.

The cups are either left in place for 5 to 10 minutes, or with “moving cupping”, oil is added to the skin and the cups are moved across certain meridians (energy channels) or areas of the body such as the back.

Cupping can treat many conditions including colds, flu and muscular skeletal disorders. It is also a profound means to “cleanse” the body.

Sometimes cupping can leave a small bruise in the area, however these usually go away within a day or two and are not painful or harmful. In fact, cupping – especially moving cupping – can be “massage like” and quite relaxing.

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