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Cupping is a Traditional Chinese Medicine modality that, like acupuncture, has been used for thousands of years to reduce tension, adhesions and fascial restrictions. Fascia is a connective tissue within the body that acts as the “glue” that holds everything together. Fascia compartmentalizes muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, bones organs ect… without it, all of our tissues would blend together.
Fascia is effectively released by using a slow and sustained manipulation, the cups can provide this. The cups are strategically placed on the body in relation to specific areas of tension or pain and left on for approximately 15 minutes. By receiving cupping, it allows time for your tissue (fascia especially) to relax, soften and lengthen, allowing for optimal blood flow and nerve innervation.
Cupping is typically combined with acupuncture and massage therapy treatments but can also be used on its own.