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What to expect from Cupping

What is Cupping


Cupping is an ancient modality used for a plethora of conditions. Most famously, cupping is great for treating pain conditions. However, I love it for improving overall immunity and fighting off a cold when it's in its beginning stages. Cupping can improve blood flow and reduce inflammation as well.


Most commonly today, you will come across glass or plastic cups. Your practitioner will apply the cups using either the fire method or the suction method. In the fire cupping method, your practitioner will quickly insert and withdraw a flame, then place the cup on your body. The flame causes a vacuum in the cup which then suctions your skin. In the suction method, your practitioner will use a rubber pump instead of fire to create a vacuum inside the cup.


Cupping feels like a reverse massage. After a session, people often feel looser and more mobile. Post-treatment, we suggest covering the area up for at least 12 hours. Avoid exposing the area to cold or wind. Also, hold off on showering for at least 12 hours. You may notice marks from where the cups were. These marks are generally painless and they may range from slightly pink to dark purple. Typically, the marks last for 3-5 days post treatment. The color of the marks is actually a diagnostic marker for your practitioner. If you would like to know more, or are interested in booking a session, email eleanor@allumeacupuncture.com!




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