Cupping can be used during a treatment or as a stand-alone technique. Thanks to the new Transformational Cupping, it is something you are hearing more and more these days. But what exactly is cupping?
what is cupping?
Cupping is an alternative treatment method in which, through the use of glass, plastic, wooden or metal spheres, a vacuum is created on the client’s skin. Standing still cups have been used for centuries to release blockages in the body.
The history of cupping
Cupping was used over 3,000 years ago to remove harmful substances from the body and stimulate circulation. The technique goes back to the time of Hypocrates, Celsus and Galen, among others. The form of cupping used here at the time is also called Hijama (or wet cupping). Today, dry-cupping is the most commonly used cupping method.
Different forms of cupping
There are different types of cupping treatments. The most common are:
What is wet cupping? (Hijama)
Hijama is the Arabic name commonly used for wet cupping. Wet cupping involves drawing blood through the damaged skin in addition to creating a vacuum on the patient’s skin. Hijama has many more dangers than dry-cupping as there is a greater chance of infection due to the collection of blood.
The purpose of Hijama is to remove the infected blood and, through certain nutrients, allow the body to produce “clean” blood again.
What is dry-cupping?
Dry-cupping is a traditional form of cupping and what you probably think of when you hear the word “cupping. This also involves creating a vacuum on the skin and then two techniques can be used. The cups remain in a specific spot for a period of 15-30 minutes. Or cupping massage is used where cups are moved over the body to stimulate blood circulation.
This form of cupping is also called dry-cupping because there is no blood involved.
What is transformational cupping?
Transformational cupping is a form of dry-cupping that involves the use of manual therapy, nutrition and detoxification of the body in addition to movement with the cups. Various Western and Eastern therapies are combined to achieve the desired results for each complaint. This method was developed by Kim Cupping.
Transformational Cupping uses the cup as a tool to loosen adhesions lying under the skin to stimulate blood flow in the body. This gives the body space to allow oxygenated blood to flow through the body again and activates self-healing.
In order to use Transformational Cupping during a treatment, the Transformational Cupping training must first be successfully completed.