Fire Cupping Therapy
What is Fire Cupping and how does it work?
(Please note we strictly do dry cupping only. No wet cupping.)
Fire Cupping can be used in conjunction with Acupuncture and dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. It is the term applied to a technique that uses small glass cups or bamboo jars as suction devices.
There are several techniques for applying the cups, most commonly, a burning cotton bud is placed inside a glass cup, which creates a vacuum inside as the hot air cools. The cups can also be attached to a pump that creates suction. The therapist will simply place the suction cups on your skin and after the cups have suctioned on, they remain for as long as 20 minutes.
What is Fire Cupping good for?
Remaining still and silent, puts the client into a more relaxed state as it sedates the central nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). The suction and negative pressure provided formed during a cupping session can be thought of as providing the inverse to massage; lift instead of compression. This can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, assist in managing anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite as well as assisting in reducing back and neck pains and stiff muscles.
Fire Cupping saw a surge in popularity when professional athletes used it as part of their sports therapies or rehabilitation, they (often swimmers whose bodies are exposed) were seen on the world stage with the familiar circular deep red and purple bruises. Typically these bruises don’t hurt and only last a few days but they certainly peeked the interest of crowds around the world and people started to take an active interest in this age-old treatment.