Traditional Chinese Fire Cupping and Massage

Cupping refers to the ancient Chinese practice of applying a Cup to the skin where the pressure in the cup is reduced (by using heat to create a vacuum) so that the skin and muscle layers is drawn into and is held in the Cup.

The earliest use of Cupping that is recorded is from the famous Taoist alchemist and herbalist, Ge Hong (281-341 A.D.) in his book “A Handbook of Prescriptions for Emergencies”.  In the realm of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is practiced in many countries and has been for a very long time.

Modern Fire Cupping (and the safest) involves a clamped cotton ball which is soaked in alcohol & lit.  The lit cotton ball is held in the Cup for a second before removal of the flame and placing the Cup on the Skin.

Fire Cupping

Cupping is used for relaxation and stress, relief, but most people look for pain suppression.  Back pain, neck pain, frozen shoulder, repetitive stress injuries are good candidates for Cupping.

Cupping improves circulation, Qi (energy) flow and eases “knots”.  The side-effect of Cupping is profound relaxation in the area around the Cup.

Cups are also used to massage the body.  Sliding and gliding along the oiled surface of the body.  This feels wonderful – like a deep massage but from the inside out!  This treatment relaxes muscles and restores internal organ function.

You may request a full hour of Fire Cupping Massage or prefer to have it incorporated in your regular treatment.