Myofascial Cupping Therapy

Cupping Treatment At Le Spa Massage Academy

History Of Cupping

Chinese cupping therapy has been used for over a thousand years ago. In the past, cupping therapy applied cattle horns or cross sections of bamboo for treatment. These ancient ‘cups’ were boiled in the water or set aflame to expel the air and suck the cups onto the skin. This method was used to drag out pus and blood, which benefits treatment of boils. Cupping therapy was used in Chinese surgery as an auxiliary strategy. Then it was found to be useful in addressing other diseases and further enhanced into special therapy.

Cupping history dates back to the year 281 AD. The earliest cupping therapy was recorded by a Taoist alchemist in A Handbook of Prescriptions for Emergencies, Ge Hong, and it then became a Taoist medical practice, which was widely used in the courts of Imperial China.

At a much later time, the cupping method was used in the Arabian Desert and the Indian sub-continent, for their healing. However, cupping therapy is a Chinese invention according to recorded history.

Benefits Of Chinese Cupping

In Chinese culture, cupping is a part of Oriental medicine. In combination, acupuncture and cupping can cure many ills, such as pulmonary tuberculosis. In both Eastern and Western cultures, they believe that illnesses and infirmities can be cured by suction.

Chinese cupping is beneficial for the lungs, assisting them to clear congestion from a common cold and to manage asthma. Respiratory maladies are problems that are commonly treated through cupping.

Importantly, Chinese cupping can detoxify the skin and enhances blood flow via the veins and arteries. It usually leaves a skin mark, or bruise.

The digestive system can be positively affected through cupping. Particularly, the metabolism may improve, and constipation can be relieved, contributing to healthy appetite and strong digestion.

In addition, cupping is an efficiently alternative method of addressing acne, pain, fascial paralysis, cervical spondylosis, and herpes zoster. 

What is Myofascial Cupping?

Myofascial cupping is a safe intervention into soft tissue by creating negative pressure or suction on the skin. The approach uses plastic or glass cups: when the pressure in the cup is reduced either by heat or suction, it pulls up underlying tissues, blood, and fluids close to the surface of the skin. In the myofascial release treatment, therapists concentrate on the myofascial area where it feels stiff and fixed, called “trigger point” by checking under light pressure.

The cups are applied on affected areas and moved around in a gliding motion. In order to move the cups easily and smoothly, oil is applied previously. Then cups are placed on the skin where the tender muscles are, where the trigger points are, and where the acupressure points are, to release fascial pain.

During the cupping process, blood is drained from vessels and into the tissues through cupping. The body believes that it’s been injured, so in theory it stimulates a positive inflammatory response to mobilise antibodies against the area to cure it.

Benefits Of Myofascial Cupping

  • Stimulate blood flow
  • Drain lymph and cellular debris
  • Separate layers of connective tissues
  • Relieve tightness
  • Relieve deep muscular tissues and ease muscle spams
  • Develop range of movement and flexibility in joints

Le Spa Massage Academy offers a 1-day training course covering all the fundamentals of Cupping Therapy. This course is designed to build a strong foundation for using myofascial cups, particularly focusing on treating musculoskeletal conditions. These theoretical and practical sessions will provide attendants with various knowledge and techniques to apply in different problematic areas.

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