Cupping Therapy

Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy, commonly known as “Chinese cupping,” is a wonderfully relaxing method of stimulating and stretching out muscle tissues, releasing fascia, and strengthening and toning the soft tissues. At Acupuncture Guelph Cupping Therapy can be used on its own or combined with acupuncture.

Bonnie does traditional cupping methods, but is also trained in dynamic cupping or cupping massage. What this means is that the cups are used in a gentle massage motion. More modern cups have been designed to work with the whole body.

Cupping is very beneficial for sore muscles, injuries(including sports injuries and repetitive strain injuries), TMJ, arthritis, edema, digestive issues, colds, flus, lymphatic drainage and for detoxifying the body. Cupping therapy is most often done on the client’s back, but it can be done on almost any body part. In fact, cupping has many uses in cosmetic therapy.

Here is a description of the process:

  1. The practitioner rubs a light coat of massage oil over the area to be worked on.
  2. The cups are suctioned onto the clients body at various points chosen according to the symptoms the person is having. This is not painful, and is quite a pleasurable experience.
  3. The cups may be left in place or slowly dragged around on the area in a massage like motion. This is very helpful to ease stiff, sore muscles and to draw toxins out through the skin.
  4. The cups are removed and sanitized and the client feels great!

NOTE: Even though cupping is painless, there may be discolourations left on the body after the session.  This is a result of stagnant blood cells and toxins being pulled up to the surface of the skin by the suction cups. The marks are not painful and  usually go away in a couple of days.

Interestingly, the more toxins you have, the more marks you usually get from the cups. For example if you have a cold, flu or other illness you are more likely to have marks on your skin. As your health improves, the marks will be lighter and lighter. The theory is that darker marks appear because you have toxins in your body, and as the toxins are pulled out over time, your skin will not mark as much with cupping.

Bonnie was trained in cupping therapy through her acupuncture training and has also done extra training in Contemporary Cupping Methods at the International Cupping Therapy Association.

Contact Bonnie to set up your appointment today. We are happy to accept debit, visa, master card or cash.

Please be sure you are well hydrated before coming for cupping therapy.

Video demonstration of cupping therapy:

Cupping Therapy

Cupping Therapy

Who is Bonnie?

Bonnie Adam is a Registered Acupuncturist with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners of Ontario. She is also a Certified Acupuncture Health Professional with the Canadian Examining Board of Health Care Practitioners and a Certified Cupping Therapist with The International Association of Cupping Therapists.