Actually, it can provide wonderful results, which is why I use it with my clients. Cupping uses negative pressure created by suction as opposed to the tissue compression generally created by standard massage therapy. The suction loosens and lifts connective tissues, facilitates soft tissues release, and increases blood and lymph flow throughout the skin and muscles.Cupping can aid: * Plantar fasciitis* Muscular-skeletal problems—pain, spasms, tightness, numbness…* Cellulite, adhesions.
You should NOT use cupping if you have:* Cardiac or renal failure* Ascites due to hepato-cirrhosis and/or severe edema* Hemophilia, allergic pupura, leukemia* Dermatosis or allergic dermatitis* Not near a hernia site.
People often ask what it feels like. Have you ever stuck your hand over the end of a vacuum nozzle? That's what it feels like, only much more gentle and controlled. The suction is adjustable. Some people say it tickles. Other can feel it “sticking” or “resisting” when it hits a tense muscle. Others barely notice the cup gliding over their skin. As always, different people have different experiences and tolerance. You may find it tickles in some areas and not others. Tell your practitioner if any therapy is in any way uncomfortable—everything is adjustable!
My clients are particularly seeing good results using this technique to treat plantar fasciitis. Here's a video that demonstrates the technique.