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What is Cupping Therapy?

Dry Cupping / Cupping Massage
Cupping is an ancient method of causing local congestion. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin using a suction pump to draw up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place.

Cupping Therapy may leave a circular mark on the body which lasts for about 4-10 days depending on the condition. The mark is very useful as a diagnostic tool - the darker the mark, the more stagnation there is in the muscles. Cupping massage can also act as a ‘hoover’ allowing the tissue to be lifted upwards and changing the pressure on underlying tissues, such as skin, fat, nerves, and fascia to help restore movement.

Wet Cuppping / Hijama
This is the process of using a vacuum at different points on the body but with small incisions in order to remove 'harmful' blood which lies just beneath the surface of the skin. The procedure is relatively straight forward and very safe. A mild suction is created on the selected treatment area. The cup is removed and small superficial skin incisions are made using a small blade. A second suction is used to carefully draw out a small quantity of blood, which contains dead blood cells, toxins and impurities. The superficial skin incisions usually take 7-10 days to fully heal.

Sterile disposable equipment is used at all times with appropriate medical wound management and clinical waste disposal procedures adhered to.

Those who have never had cupping treatment, often have the perception that it appears to be painful. However, experienced patients normally report that the sensation during treatment simply feels as if something or someone is tugging at their skin. Wet Cupping (Hijama) does hurt a little bit when the incisions are made, and you cannot feel the blood coming out as the incisions are no more than 3mm deep into the skin.

Cupping therapy includes:

Vacuum Suction On Skin Blood Detoxification Deep Tissue And Myofascial Release
Improves Blood Circulation Removes Acidic Toxins Activates Lymphatic System

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