Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine which involves placing cups onto the skin and creating suction. Cupping is designed to help reduce tension and pain in the muscles without medication, promote relaxation, boost skin health, and also known to help recover from colds/respiratory issues.
Cupping is known for leaving a cup marks on the skin. The cupping mark is not a bruise, it is called ecchymosis. Ecchymosis is a discoloration due to the toxins and blood being brought to the surface. As treatments continue, the marks will occur less and less as a result of toxins being release from the body. The marks can last anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks.
Cupping has the same contraindications as regular massage, but please discuss with your healthcare provider and the massage therapist any health concerns you may have. Some contraindications to cupping includes being on blood thinners, excessive body hair, heart disease, convulsions, renal failure, liver cirrhosis, 1st trimester pregnancy, bleeding disorders, fractures, disc herniation’s fever, cancer, skin conditions, or thin/fragile skin.