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CurDane Bodywork - Ciara Curtin

Cupping Therapy

Cupping Therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist 

puts cups on the skin to create counter - pressure that works deep muscles and fascia. 


Cupping has been used in healing across many countries for many centuries. 

Cupping is an integral part of Chinese Medicine dating back 5,000 years.

Essentially Chinese Cupping is the "Art of Creating Space" between the surface of the body 

and the deep tissue layers to allow blood, fluids and Qi to flow freely. 

In Russia, cups are still used today by doctors 

as the first method before anti-biotics are prescribed. 


There are different types of cupping and different instruments, 

from hot cupping with bamboo or glass cups,

where a flame is inserted into the cup to create a vacuum before quickly placing on the skin. 

To cold cupping using non- igneous cups with a pump to create the vacuum.  

Cupping is used to activate the immune system and lymphatic system.


Benefits of Cupping 


> Negative pressure is created by the cups, 

allowing toxins to be drawn to the surface, aiding the lymphatic system, 

stimulating the immune system - therefore boosting the immune system. 

Aiding the body to detox.


> Releasing tension from the fascia, aiding faster healing of the soft tissues. 

Improving function and mobility of the myo-skeletal system, relieving tired and sore muscles.


> Dispersing congestion and lactic acid.

Drawing deeply held congestion from soft tissue, meridians, organs 

and facilitating its dispersal. 


> Fullness, congestion and stagnation of the tissues

is resolved as fresh blood and fluids are brought to the site of the cups.


> Underlying congestion of the organs is cleared.

Giving relief for lung conditions or chronic or repeated colds, post pneumonia. 

Relief for digestive conditions.


> Warming and promoting free flow of Qi and blood in the body.

Cupping can stimulate the life force energy through meridians in the body


> Relieving oedema & inflammation


> Generally aiding circulation


> Relieving menstrual cramps, can promote a regular cycle

 aids ovulation, reduces blockages in the fallopian tubes

and promote hormonal balance.


> Skin Conditions


> Insomnia & Chronic fatigue


> Relaxation and Well Being



Choice of Cupping Treatment:


> 30mins cupping on upper or lower limbs, add to a Sports Massage of legs or upper body.

> 1 hr Cupping and Deep Tissue Massage/ Sports massage. 

> 2 Hr Cupping and Remedial Massage/ Sports Massage. 

> It can be added into other treatments you are receiving intuitively. 


Contraindications for cupping:

Pregnancy and up to 2 months post pregnancy

Haemophilia