How is Cupping Therapy Administered?
Cupping Therapy begins like a normal appointment. We will do our assessment of your body as usual and once we have worked out which muscles will benefit from cupping we then set the cup on the skin and there is a sensation of pulling. This sensation is somewhat strong, but not uncomfortable.
We can use cupping in two different ways: One technique we do is to slide the cups up and down the area being cupped. The skin has been oiled so the cup is able to glide smoothly without pulling on the skin.
The other technique we use is to stand the cups on the skin and not move them. Standing cups can be left in place for just a few minutes or up to 20 minutes. Cups can be used almost anywhere on the body – along the spine, on shoulders and shoulder blades, on hips, low backs and over joints – to relieve inflammation and soreness.
After a Myotherapy session using cupping you may notice redness or a purple discolouration of the skin in the area which was treated. It is a normal side effect of cupping and is considered to be a desirable result by the therapist.
The cup kiss should not be painful, despite looking much like a bruise, and should disappear within a few days. Because the pores are opened fully the body is more susceptible to pathogenic influences after this procedure, you should keep your body covered and protected from wind and sunlight for 24 hours.