What many people don’t know is that the cup markings are not bruises. A bruise is a result of a blunt-force trauma and damaged issue. The markings that may result from cupping techniques are the contrary. It is a decompression motion that initiates the lift of stuck tissues. This motion “un-earths” old blood, injuries and stress points. The discolorations are an indication that harmful pathogens and toxins have successfully been drawn out of the area. Cup marks can range from light pink to dark purple and these visible toxins are eaten up by the body’s immune cells and fade within 1 to 7 days. Most people feel immediate improvement of pain and tension in the area cupped.
Fascia is a connective tissue located under the skin’s deepest layer. Fascia surrounds and runs through muscle and is continuous from the top of the head to the toes. The water and collagen matrix of fascia tissue provides glide to our muscles as we move. When an injury, pain, tension, wrinkles or cellulite is present, it is an indication that fascia is in a dehydrated state. Fascia becomes dehydrated due to overuse, underuse and inflammation.
Cupping therapies bring hydration back into the fascia thus leaving your body with less tension, aches and pain. Often, clients feel more “spacious” in their body when receiving cupping therapy. Better range of motion and more freedom through the spine is also often reported and demonstrated post cupping.