Cupping works with the meridian points (energy lines) the same as acupuncture does. New research and practice uses the cups for massage and myofascial release.
The cups lift the skin and fascial layers, drawing up the old non-circulating stagnant blood from the area and increasing blood flow. The increased blood flow brings more nutriance and oxygen to the area, promoting the repair of the tissue. Paired with massage (with cup or manual) you can then encourage the waste products to the lymphs to be removed from the body. The lifting of the superficial muscles and fascial layers inside the cup paired with the movement of the cups can create a stretching effect.
Benefits of cupping
- Increase blood flow to the area being cupped
- Reduce muscle pain and muscular tension
- Reduce Congestion in the nervous system