fire cupping + accupressure
Cupping or Fire Cupping is an ancient therapy used in China for thousands of years. Acupuncturists have been practicing cupping treatment for centuries. This form of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been used on Olympic athletes and professional athletes, as well as regular folks in need of muskeoskeletal relief.
Special glass cups are used and a flame is lit inside the cup before quickly placing the cup on the patient’s body. This lack of oxygen is what creates the suction necessary for therapeutic benefit. Once the cup is in place, oil can be applied to the skin and the cups can be moved around an area of the body, or, they can be left stationary to target a specific acupoint or muscle. During a cupping procedure the patient should experience a warm, pulling, stretching sensation, but not pain.
Prepare for temporary marks
Your after-cupping care is superimportant to ensure you stay healthy and reap the benefits. If possible, cover the area for a day or two to prevent it from being exposed to the elements. Drink lots of water and avoid heavy stimulants (alcohol) within 24 hours of receiving this treatment.
At balanced manual therapy, we do integrate a Japanese inspired accupressure therapy geared towards supporting the detoxification process.