There are many practices people seek out in the hope of reducing back pain, inflammation, stress levels, and overall discomfort. From aromatherapy and massages to acupuncture and physiotherapy, there are countless choices when it comes to healing practices.

One of the oldest forms of therapy that has recently risen in popularity is cupping therapy. Whether you’re new to the idea of cupping therapy or you’re considering booking a session and are intrigued about the benefits, you’ll learn everything you’ll need to know here. Read on as we look into the types of cupping, what each type of practice involves, and why people love it.

What is cupping therapy?

Cupping is a therapy that has its origins in ancient times, starting in China, Egypt, and the Middle East to soothe physical pain. Historically, these practitioners would use heat to create a vacuum, but for obvious safety reasons, we now use silicone cups and a powered or mechanical vacuum to create a safe, skin-friendly seal that creates an even, controllable vacuum.

The silicone cups are placed on the skin and then air is removed from the cup, creating a vacuum that tightens the skin and manipulates the underlying tissues, helping to loosen them. These cups are usually left in place for around 15-25 minutes, but your therapist will advise you on what is best for you.

Cupping is usually performed on the back and across the shoulders, but can also be performed on the neck, forearms, hamstrings, and calves.

Does cupping hurt?

Patients may experience moderate temporary soreness for a couple of days after cupping therapy. This is because tight muscles and connective tissue are loosened. When the cups are being “tightened”, you usually feel some tingling but no pain.

 What are the benefits of having cupping done?

People have cupping done to ease muscle tightness, reduce pain and inflammation, increase blood flow, and promote relaxation and well-being. Cupping can also be done as part of deep-tissue massage.

Many people believe that cupping therapy removes toxins from the body to promote general wellbeing.  It’s common for anyone who has had cupping done will report feeling more flexible and less tightness after a session.

Are there dangers associated with cupping?

Cupping is completely safe provided your treatment is carried out by a trained health professional in the modern way of using mechanical suction. Most people experience some mild soreness during and after the cupping session, and most people will have some bruising for a few days. These bruises are merely cosmetic and do not hurt to touch.

Where can I get cupping therapy in Prescott, Arizona?

At A Valley of Vitality Wellness Studio in Prescott, Arizona, we offer various treatments, from cupping and massages to reflexology. If you’re in Prescott or the surrounding area, we’d love to help you on your journey towards an excellent standard of wellbeing. To book an appointment or view our full range of treatments, please visit our website.