Fire Cupping is an ancient technique in Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy (TCM). TCM practitioners believe that a person’s chi, or vital energy, gets imbalanced when they are ill, stressed or injured. In Eastern society, it is thought that fire cupping pulls out blockages in the patient’s chi which allows energy to flow more freely and promotes healing. Fire cupping is a form of deep tissue massage that promotes stress relief and relaxation.
Fire cupping has been used to treat: chronic back pains, arthritis, swollen and painful joints, respiratory problems, colds, headaches/migraines, promote relaxation, sleep disorders, cellulite reduction, anxiety and depression. The suction of the muscle acts as a reverse effect of deep tissue massage without the pain of someone pushing down onto the body to relieve trigger points / muscle knots.
Performing cupping over injured sites promotes better circulation, thus, speed up the healing process. The detoxification effect of the blood suction also allows for old blood to vacate the capillaries and be filled with new ones resulting to renewed energy and vitality. The treatment involves the placement of a heated glass cups on the skin which creates a vacuum. The vacuum is created by removing the oxygen from the cup via a flame, the cup is immediately applied to the area which requires treatment. Skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup. It can be used to treat different disorders in its own right or in conjunction with other therapies.