Cupping massage therapy (fire cupping)
Cupping massage has been used to treat ailments across many cultures and the oldest description of cupping dates back to 1,550 BC in the Ebers papyrus, one of the oldest existing medical textbooks in the world.
Cupping massage involves placing special cups filled with heated air on painful areas of the body. As the cups cool, the volume of air within them shrinks, creating suction on the skin that increases blood flow to the area. If oil has been applied, the cups can be moved around the patient’s body along the “meridians” and at the specific points, which is called “cupping massage therapy”. As the combination of massage movements and negative pressure, cupping massage is considered one of the best deep tissue therapies available. Cupping massage is the inverse of typical massage-rather than applying pressure to muscles, it used gentle pressure to pull them upward. It has been shown to affect tissues up to four inches deep from the external skin. Toxins are released, blockages are cleared, and veins and arteries can be refreshed within these four inches of affected materials.