What is Cupping?
Cupping, or ventosas, is an ancient art, practiced by virtually every culture in the world at one time. Every family used to be able to treat a variety of simple ailments and injuries with just a few basic tools. Asian, Ancient European and Central American styles of cupping may be used separately or combined for a very elegant treatment. Cupping treatments can be used to treat the uterus, urinary, digestive, kidney issues, musculoskeletal issues and injuries, or simply to alleviate pain.
How does cupping work?
Cupping relieves symptoms by moving old deoxygenated blood and metabolic waste out of the tissues, allowing for fresh, nutritious, oxygenated blood to move into the tissue. It also stretches the muscle fibers, and separates the facial/connective tissues from the muscle so they are moving independently, allowing them to be more flexible and strong as a result.
Gua Sha, or scraping, is an ancient technique over 3,000 years old, which can be used to support cupping treatments, or on its own, depending on a client’s specific needs.
Gua Sha stimulates blood flow and promotes healing through repeated scraping and compression of tissue. (vs. Cupping which creates a suction up through the tissue) This repeated scraping will bring old deoxygenated blood and metabolic waste up to the surface of the skin, which allows fresh nutritious, oxygenated blood to flood the tissues,
allowing for deep healing of new or old areas of pain and discomfort. Gua Sha is the culturally ancient medicine modality which in our modern culture may also be known as the Graston technique.