Cupping is a treatment that has been used for thousands of years across many different cultures. At its core, cupping is a treatment that uses negative pressure to lift the tissue, as opposed to compressing the tissue during typical bodywork. This negative pressure helps to bring fresh blood flow and nutrition to stagnant areas and releases waste and toxins to the skin level where it can be easily flushed out by the lymphatic and circulatory system.
The marks that are created with the application of the cups are an indicator of “therapeutic trauma.” They are metabolic waste, toxins, and other stagnant materials that have been freed from the underlying tissue and brought to the surface where they can more easily be flushed away. The color can vary from a bright red to a deep purple-black. These marks can last anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks and may be tender to the touch immediately after a session. As treatments continue, the marks will occur less and less as a result of stagnation and toxicity being expelled from the body.
Cupping therapy, when integrated with massage and bodywork, can be far more effective and long lasting than therapeutic bodywork applied alone and allows for deep relaxation throughout the entire body.