During a cupping session, your Practitioner places round cups directly on your skin. The cup is manually pumped to create a suction and left on your skin for several minutes.
Cupping has been around for thousands of years and traces its roots to ancient Chinese and Egyptian medicine. Cupping was documented in one of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, Ebers Papyrus, which was written in 1550 BC.
At Body Lounge, cupping is used to treat pain and musculoskeletal injuries, such as strains, sprains, back injuries, and inflammation.
How does it work?
It is believed that the suction created by the cup encourages blood flow—and this increased circulation may promote healing and reduce pain.
The primary side effects of cupping are bruising and skin irritation. Both should heal on their own in 7-10 days. There is also a small risk of infection but is unlikely.
For most patients, cupping is safe to try and could complement an existing treatment plan. Like all therapies, it’s important to see a professional who has been trained and licensed appropriately.