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:  100% organic massage oil is first applied to the skin.  This lubricates the surface so that the cups can be moved up and down the back and shoulders, breaking up knots in the muscles and fascia.

Melissa Margolis