“Where there’s stagnation, there will be pain. Remove the stagnation, and you remove the pain.”
The old Chinese medical maxim holds that pain results from the congestion, stagnation, and blockage of Qi, or your life energy, vital fluids, lymph, phlegm, and blood. If pain is the essence of disease, then suffering is a result of obstructed or irregular flow in the body. Chinese cupping is therefore a method of breaking up the blockage to restore the body’s natural flow of energy.
Chinese Cupping uses small glass or plastic cups as suction devices that are placed on the skin to disperse and break up stagnation and congestion. Oil may be applied and the cups slid up and down the back or they may just be left on for 15-20 minutes. By creating a vacuum under the cup, fluids are “pulled” out of the restricted area and flow is restored.
Stagnation can be caused by injury, postural tension, repetitive strains and inflammation. Areas of stagnation will leave a purple circle and may take up to 10 days to completely go away. There may be some discomfort at the cupping sites but most patients only feel the relaxation, increased range of motion, and decreased muscular pain. It is recommended that you drink extra water as many toxins are released into your system.