Stephanie Campbell - acupuncture and bodywork

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Cupping is a Traditional Chinese Medicine practice in which a cup, usually made of glass and resembling a tiny goldfish bowl, is filled with hot air and then applied to the skin. As the air cools, a vacuum is created inside the cup, and the skin and superficial muscle layer are drawn slightly up into and held in the cup. In some cases, the cup is then moved by the therapist over the surface of the skin while the vacuum is maintained, creating a kind of 'reverse massage'.

Cupping may be applied to acupuncture/acupressure points and to areas where the client is experiencing deep pain. The therapy provides variations on the benefits of both shiatsu/tui-na and heat therapies. It can be used to treat pain, gastro-intestinal disorders, lung diseases (especially chronic cough and asthma), and other conditions.