Cupping / Myofascial Cupping
Cupping uses specially designed cups that are placed on trigger points or pressure points in the body. The cups provide negative pressure, meaning that they suck the tissue (muscle, fascia, skin, fat) up into the cup. This draws blood flow in and actually lifts the tissue, taking pressure off it. This is one of the things that makes cupping so unique. It is the only technique that uses this pressure to lift the tissue rather than compressing it, like most other soft tissue massage techniques. Generally the cups can either be just left on the trigger point or they can be moved around allowing a good stretch and massage to the muscles and fascia. One thing you may have seen from cupping is the big round bruises left behind after treatment. This is all very normal and is a sign that blood flow has entered the area as well as inflammation that will help with the healing process. This usually subsides over a week or so and is totally painless.
Myofascial cupping primarily involves movement of the cups to stretch the muscles and fascia. This form of cupping generally doesn't leave those round spots of bruising that you usually see.
Practitioners that provide cupping and myofascial cupping:
Cupping Sydney / Myofascial Cupping Sydney