There are two main types of cupping:
Dry and wet cupping (Hijama) where small incisions are made in the skin and blood drawn
I use the kind and sensitive Bellabaci method of dry cupping. The cups used are made from silicone and literally create a vacuum which draws the tissues up within them. Depending on how much suction is used and the size of the cups, this can be a slow relaxing and incredibly gentle massage or as deep as the very best deep tissue massage.
Cupping provides an incredible sensory experience. Choose it for the ritual and make it part of taking care of yourself. If you’ve ever experienced myofascial skin rolling techniques favoured by Rolfers, then you will have an idea of how the cups feel.
Although Bellabaci cups can leave circular red marks if a strong vacuum is created, this is not normally the intention of this treatment. The skin can feel warm and tingling and even become pink for a short time after treatment depending on how much suction is used. I also incorporate gentle Swedish massage techniques or firmer deep tissue work into the sessions depending on your requirements.
This treatment is not suitable for pregnant ladies, if you are energy depleted or suffering from a systemic condition.