So what is Cupping and Gua Sha?
Cupping is a therapeutic practice in which suction is applied to a silicon or glass cup placed on the skin for the purposes of moving stagnant blood and fluids from a problem area of the body. Cupping promotes blood circulation, decreases pain/muscle tonicity, repairs tissue and activates the lymphatic system. Cups are also used to treat internal conditions such as lung conditions with associated signs of a cold or phlegm. Asthma, for example, typically responds well to cups. Stationary cups typically remain on the body for up to 15 minutes while moving cups glide along the surface of skin.
Similarly, Gua Sha is the practice of skin "scraping" with tools in order to promote blood circulation, and removing stagnant blood and fluids from the body.
Sha is the red mark that is left behind after these practices.
Cupping and Gua Sha can be done by a provider, such as an Acupuncturist or Massage Therapist, or can be done personally at home.