Cupping is an ancient remedy used today for healing the body from various conditions.  Primarily, cupping is the chosen method to treat musculoskeletal pain and discomfort as you might have seen with many athletes such as Michael Phelps.  Cupping is also good for the beginning of a cold, cough, bronchitis, and detoxification.

The process of cupping involves placing glass cups on the skin after swabbing the inside with a flame, creating suction to the skin.  The cups can be stationary on the body or moved over larger areas to simulate massage.  Cups moved over large areas of the body in a sliding motion are called Sliding Cupping.  An alternative method of cupping is done with plastic cups that require a pump to create the suction.

Once there is a strong stimulation to the skin and vessels with cupping, there will be an effusion of fluids from the vessel that will result in bruising of the skin.  The bruising activates the immune system to bring about a cascade of physiological events that will restore the proper balance to the body.    Physiologically, cupping improves circulation to the affected area, regenerates blood, decreases inflammation, and eliminates toxins and foreign substances from the body.  Most people respond to cupping by stating that it feels better than a massage and that the effects are longer lasting.  Cupping relaxes the body and mind due to the increased blood flow and dilation of blood vessels.

With subsequent cupping treatments, bruising will be less and will not take as long to heal.  This is due to improved circulation, regeneration of blood, and detoxification of the body.

Even though cupping is highly therapeutic, it is not recommended for everyone.  Please consult with your licensed practitioner to see if you are a candidate.  For more information, call 480-254-6920. 


Cupping is good for the following conditions:

  • Muscular Pain/Discomfort
  • Cold
  • Bronchitis
  • Digestive issues
  • Enhances Detoxification