Restore balance, increase circulation, and relieve muscle tension with cupping therapy at Mind Body Med in Seattle, WA. Comparable in many ways to deep tissue massage, this technique can be used to help treat and ease the symptoms of both chronic and temporary health conditions.

What Is Cupping Therapy?

This ancient Chinese healing technique was created by famous Taoist, alchemist, and herbalist, Ge Hong. Many Taoists believe this treatment can help balance the yin and yang (negative and positive) in the body. It’s also believed to stimulate the flow of Qi, or life force.

The belief is that by restoring balance and increasing the flow of Qi, your body will reduce pain, increase circulation, and be better able to fight off pathogens.

What Is A Cupping Appointment Like?

Specially designed cups are applied to different areas of your body to encourage natural healing. They may be heated or used in conjunction with a pump to create suction. This suction breaks tiny blood vessels creating a controlled injury. Your body reacts by sending blood to the area to help facilitate natural healing.

Types Of Cupping Therapy

Your therapist may perform this treatment in one of several ways. Cups may be left on for just a few minutes or be moved to stretch and massage the area of treatment.

For dry cupping, the inside of the cup is heated to create a vacuum. Wet cupping uses not only suction but a controlled bleeding. A small puncture is created in the skin which may help in pulling out additional toxins.

Possible Side Effects

Cupping is generally considered safe if practiced by a licensed practitioner such as an acupuncturist. Side effects are usually mild and temporary. After your treatment, you may experience bruising, dizziness, lightheadedness, fatigue, or headaches. You may also feel some muscle soreness or nausea.

After treatment, your skin may temporarily turn red where the cups were placed. These marks are not harmful and will go away on their own in a week or two.

Are You A Good Candidate?

If you have any medical issues such as bleeding conditions, blood clotting problems, a history of stroke, seizures, or certain skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema, cupping therapy is not recommended. A therapist will be happy to assist you in finding out what alternative therapies would be right for you.

Schedule Cupping Therapy In Seattle

Cupping has been practiced for thousands of years and is a wonderful complement to other natural modalities such as chiropractic care, energy work, massage, or acupuncture. If you would like to experience the healing benefits for yourself contact MindBody Med in Seattle, WA to schedule your appointment today.