A cupping treatment involves placing cups, usually made of glass or high quality plastic, on the skin. A vacuum is created within the cup as it is placed on the skin - this results in the skin and tissue beneath being drawn up into the cup.
This results in an increase to the blood flow, as well as loosening the fascia / connective tissue, and thus promotes healing.
The cups can be moved around to create a /massage/ effect. The cups are often placed on the back, neck, and shoulders or the site of pain.
Cupping may cause temporary bruising and soreness, depending upon the degree of suction created by the vacuum, and the health of the patient.
After cupping, your skin will have circular marks ranging in colour from pink to deep red or purple. Discolorations from cupping will fade. Some may fade after a few hours while others take up to two weeks to disappear completely.
Gua Sha is a treatment that involves scraping over the skin using a tool to produce light petechiae (small, red-like dots under the skin). The process is believed to help blood flow and can create a “lifting” effect on your skin, which may help lessen toxins in your body and promote healing.
You can have cupping or gua sha at Bodyworks as part of a Acupuncture treatment. We also offer cupping as a standalone treatment combined with sports / deep tissue massage.