What is Dry Cupping Therapy?
Did you know that dry cupping therapy has been used for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians used it as a form of natural healing. It is still used today as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The cups used are rounded in shape and are usually made from glass. Dry cupping can be combined with acupuncture or massage to give added benefit. The acupuncturist can advise you if this is the case.
Cups are placed onto your skin in a way that causes a vacuum inside the cup. The vacuum then sucks the skin into the cup which is left in place for up to 20 minutes. Several cups can be used in one treatment. Massage oil is applied to help the cups slide across the skin. This technique helps the blood and ‘qi’ to flow more easily, especially where there are areas of stagnation. Some articles of clothing may have to be removed so that the cups can be placed directly onto the skin.
Dry Cupping can leave red round patches on your skin. These patches were shown on athletes usung cupping during the 2016 Olympic Games. The circles can take up to 3 to 4 days to disappear. Redness shows that there has been movement in the circulation of blood under and around the cups. Not all cupping will result in redness. It depends on the issue being treated and how each person responds. Dry Cupping treatment should only be practised by a therapist who is trained and qualified to provide the treatment.
Acupuncturists at the Riverside Natural Health Centre are qualified and trained in dry cupping techniques. They are also members of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ATCM)
What are the Benefits of Dry Cupping Therapy?
The treatment can help to improve sleep and reduce stress and body tension. It may also help improve circulation, frozen shoulder and muscular aches and pains. It may also help to repair muscles after strenuous activity and for general well-being.
Is Dry Cupping Therapy Painful?
Despite the appearance of red circles which may indicate that the tretment is painful, it isnt. You can listen to the Radio Nottingham interview where Hayley Compton experienced a short Cupping Therapy live on Air.
How Much is a Dry Cupping Therapy Treatment?
A standalone appointment is £50 and includes a consultation and trestment. Discounted treatment packages are also available should you need more than one treatment.