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March 5th, 2021

What is Cupping?


Cupping involves the placement of suctioned cups onto the skin. There are various treatments and equipment that can be used in the practise. It is safe, comfortable and effective for many health concerns. The cups may be applied solely on the affected area or moved over the surface of the body. There are many different types of cups. Cups can be made from plastic, glass, or silicon, and all have different purposes. Some cups are designed to be static, staying in one place on the skin, whereas others are designed to be moved by the practitioner over the skin.

How does it work?

Cupping works by increasing blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed to facilitate healing by altering the blood flow in the body. The overall improved blood flow can promote cell repair and relieve muscle tension. It can also help the body’s resistance to pathogens to reduce illness. 

Why does cupping cause bruises?

The “bruising” or skin discolouration is due to the suction pressure of the cup to the skin. The markings will vary by person and depend on the treatment technique. Everyone’s body responds differently however the marks will fade away naturally in a few days or up to two weeks. Hydration and rest can help them heal more quickly. These type of bruises resemble the same type of bruise as a “hickey”.

Who offers cupping at Ohana Wellness Clinic

Cupping is one of the main modalities offered by each of our Registered Acupuncturists. They often include cupping as part of their treatments. Many of our Registered Massage Therapists have also completed post-graduate training in Cupping.

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