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With 25 years of combined experience, we are qualified practitioners in hijama (also known as cupping) and massage, so we can help you to relax and remove the toxins from your body.
The strength of vacuum depends on how quickly the cup is placed on the skin after the flame is removed, the size of the cup, and if the practitioner is using a set with a valve, how much air is removed with the pump.
If the negative pressure is too much, a small bit of air can be allowed in to reduce the vacuum by pushing the skin aside from a very small part of the rim of the cup. Often this breaks the suction completely and the cup needs to be reset, but with practice, this will allow just a bit of air in reducing the pressure.
Cupping/Hijamma is used to drain fluids and toxins from various areas of the body, break up adhesions and lift and pull connective tissue, increase blood flow to stagnant muscle tissue and stimulate the nervous system. Cupping/Hijamma can be used for fibromyalgia patients, to reduce post-injury scar tissue, for chronic pain and post-surgery adhesions. Cupping/Hijama is commonly used for bronchitis and asthma. In fact, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, cupping/Hijama was done regularly in households across the country to treat these conditions, as well as for chest colds and flu.
Furthermore, cupping/Hijama is used regularly in traditional Tib-e-Nabwi and Chinese medicine for digestive conditions and diarrhoea, shoulder pain and frozen shoulder, headaches and migraines, infertility and menstruation problems, colds, acne, insomnia and soft tissue injuries. Sometimes acupuncture needles are used in conjunction, with cups being placed over the inserted needles.
There are two styles of cupping: moving and stationary (with bloodletting). To perform moving cupping, a liniment, cream or oil must be applied to the skin before the cup is placed to allow for the cup to slide. Once the cup is placed, the practitioner will glide the cup up or down along the meridian or muscle pathway, breaking up adhesions and lengthening tissue by “pulling” it up and along.
This is also an excellent way of “scooping” fluid out of an area of stagnation. Moving the cup is an excellent method of draining pathogenic factors (Wind, Cold, Damp and Heat) from the body by bringing it to the surface so that it can dissipate.
Stationary cupping is used in Chinese medicine to clear stagnation in the blood and release internal pathogenic factors. Weak, or light cupping, is used to treat conditions where Blood and Qi are sluggish or deficient. Medium cupping is used for stronger patients, including children over seven and when the patients’ energy is good, as medium cupping acts to tone the Qi. Strong cupping is draining and is used to move very stagnant Blood and Qi and eliminate pathogenic factors. Cups are placed over acupressure point or trigger points based on the condition being treated.
Cups can be left on the body from 5 – 15 minutes for stationary cupping and the sterile blade is used to make superficial marks on the dark circles and cups replaced. Moving cupping can be done as long as suction is maintained. Cupping is safe but does leave significant dark circles and stripes on the surface of the skin. With the application of negative pressure, blood is pulled from small capillaries leaving the dark circles we are seeing on the Olympic athletes. While harmless, these marks can be unsettling at first. Clients must know this will happen before the treatment!