Cupping is a technique which is very effective for loosening tight muscles in the back and shoulders.   It is also helpful for menstrual cramps and colds and flu.  Glass cups are applied to the back, using a flame to create a vacuum. The suction helps improve circulation and release trapped waste products from rigid muscles.   (The flame is not used to heat the cup, just to create a vacuum.)

There are two types of cupping:

Stationary cupping:  cups are left in one place during the treatment and removed when the needles are removed.

Moving cupping:  Massage oil infused with pain-relieving Chinese herbs is first applied to the skin. (If you would prefer a scent-free oil, let us know and we will use a base oil of your choice. There are no synthetic fragrances in the oil.) The oil lubricates the surface of the skin so that the cups can be moved up and down the back and shoulders, breaking up knots in the muscles and fascia.

Melissa Margolis