The history of cupping dates to the Egyptians around 1S00BC and has been used throughout Europe ever since.
For more history on Cupping….’A brief history of Cupping’ by Bruce Bentley is interesting reading: A brief history of Cupping
The technique of cupping is using a specially made round glass jar, where a flame is inserted briefly to heat the jar and remove the oxygen to create the vacuum seal on the skin.
Cups are frequently used on the area of the back, including points on the scapula or tops of the shoulders, other areas include the sacrum and buttocks.
Cupping is also being used for beautification, to help remove cellulite, to beautify the face and neck, for which there are specially made smaller cups, used with the same principle to bring Oi and blood flow to the area, thus removing any dead or stagnate energy.
Effectively, the cup is acting like a pump by drawing on the tissues and automatically mobilises the local fluids. Therefore, any of the pathogenic factors such as Heat, Cold or Damp will be dispersed.
Cups can sometimes leave a bruise which will be indicative of the level of congestion or invasion of the local tissues. The bruise will disperse gradually over a few days; ….. No need for any concern… it means all is according to the treatment plan. Although in the hands of a skilled practitioner this can be prevented and with facial cupping …. this a must.
It is a highly effective way of dispersing stagnant blood around old injuries or areas of overuse such as in frozen shoulder syndrome.
Cupping Technique also benefits by reducing the symptoms of a common cold.
Any area of soft tissue is available for cupping, as long as the skin is flat enough to create the suction. However, it is not appropriate to cup areas with insufficient flesh, such as the sacrum of a male.