Cupping works as a reversed massage, where instead of applying pressure, a vacuum is created which lifts the skin and connective tissue. This increases blood circulation, lymph circulation and reduces stagnation. This way, cupping can affect the body’s own healing and recovery ability. As with all traditional alternative treatment methods, you can’t make any direct health claims, so try it for yourself and see how it affects you. After all, there must a reason why cupping has been used for thousands of years and has been spread throughout the world.
What effects does cupping have?wrange2020-03-02T06:24:25+01:00
Cupping is said to contribute to deep connective tissue massage, which among other things leads to the removal of slag products and lactic acid, improved circulation, activation of the immune system, recovery of muscles, tighter and more vital skin, increased mobility, reduction of cellulite and muscle relaxation. Research on the scientifically proven effects of cupping is currently relatively limited and it is considered important to carry out further studies which clarifies the biological mechanism and clinical effects of cupping.
What happens in the body when I do cupping?wrange2020-03-02T06:27:09+01:00
When you attach the cup to the skin, a negative pressure is formed which affects and lifts the connective tissue in the muscles and subcutaneous tissue. The cup causes the area to attract fluids which primarily means that the influx of blood increases. In addition, cupping has an effect on the lymphatic system. Increasing the supply of blood improves the body’s ability to heal itself and helps the lymphatic system get rid of a larger amount of slag products than normal.
In densified connective tissue more slag products accumulate, and with increased blood flow, a purification process can begin.
What does the research/science say about cupping?wrange2020-03-02T06:27:14+01:00
What we know from the limited scientific studies that have been done is that cupping works by expanding the capillaries and increasing the amount of fluid that enters and leaves the tissues. Although there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that cupping can be effective and safe, very few clinical studies with humans have so far been conducted, making it difficult to “prove” many of the age-old benefits of cupping therapy. With that said, it has worked for millions of people for thousands of years.
Who can benefit from cupping?wrange2020-03-02T06:25:38+01:00
Most people find that cupping massage is very relaxing (especially afterwards), and that it decreases stiffness and tension. Cupping is generally not painful, but depending on the individual’s sensitivity and body status as well as the intensity of the treatment, you may experience moderate discomfort. Cupping can thus be felt properly, but should not normally hurt. Redness or feeling of heat in the cupped area is an indication of increased blood flow to that area and nothing harmful.
How long does it take to feel or experience a result?wrange2020-03-02T06:26:28+01:00
In many cases, the result (depending on what you are aiming for) can be felt and experienced only after a couple of times of cupping. Many experience an immediate impact. With regular use, there is a high chance that you will experience increased mobility, muscle relaxation, increased circulation and much more. The results are cumulative so for best effect regular use is recommended.
Is there any similarity between cupping and acupuncture?wrange2020-03-02T06:26:46+01:00
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, both cupping and acupuncture promote “Qi” by drawing energy and promoting blood flow to the area of the body experiencing inflammation or poor lymph and blood circulation. According to TMC, Qi is the life energy that flows through the body in energy pathways, so-called meridians. When Qi flows freely, we are in good health. If this Qi becomes blocked or stagnated, problems can arise and we experience symptoms.
The Curam cups
How are Curam’s massage cups different from other cups?wrange2020-03-02T06:33:49+01:00
Curam’s cups are designed and developed in Sweden together with trained cupping therapists to secure the best design, the right flexibility and suction ability. Our cups are made of durable, “BPA-free food grade silicone” which means it is 100% eco-friendly silicone. They are ergonomically designed and grip-friendly, antimicrobial, easy to wash and easy to use. Cups made with low-quality silicone can easily break down and potentially cause bacteria. Therefore, be careful when making your choice.
With two different models you can easily find the right option for your needs. Curam Static massage cup is suitable for static use while Curam Dynamic massage cup can be used advantageously for dynamic use as well as for static use on larger body surfaces.
What are Curam’s massage cups made of?wrange2020-03-02T06:38:12+01:00
Curam’s massage cups are made of 100% premium quality silicone, which consists of four, abundant and readily available natural elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen and silicon; Silicone is the second most common element in the earth’s crust (found in dust and sand, for example). These elements are heated to create a liquid-like substance which is then cured and formed into our massage cups.
Silicone is a great product since it is a non-porous, non-toxic material that can withstand temperatures from -150 to 460 degrees Fahrenheit.
Our cups are made of 100% high quality food grade silicone which is BPA free, phthalate free, lead free, latex free, PVC free, nitrosamine free, non-toxic, hypoallergenic and sterilized. Quality checks are carried out strictly by SGS to ensure that the silicone used for Curam’s massage cups meets both REACH and ROHS standards.
How long does a silicone cup last?wrange2020-03-02T06:34:36+01:00
Our silicone consists of 100% pure eco-friendly silicone, which makes it both environmentally friendly and nice for your skin (unlike rubber cups) and it has a long life span. The silicone is very flexible, which means you can easily control the suction ability by simply squeezing the cups harder or more gently, depending on your preferences.
How do I recycle silicone?wrange2020-03-02T06:35:20+01:00
For beginners we suggest 3-5 min, 2-3 times a week. This can then be increased as your body becomes more use to the treatment. Cupping can be done locally on certain trigger points with static cupping or performed as dynamic massage on larger body areas.
It feels a little painful on the skin when I massage with the cup, is it normal?wrange2020-03-02T06:36:41+01:00
Yes, this is normal. If it feels uncomfortably painful, especially in areas with a lot of cellulite, we recommend gradually increasing the massage. First day only 2-5 minutes and with less vacuum. Later, the vacuum can be increased and the area can be massaged for a longer period of time. Gradually the skin will get used to it.
How to use the cups
Should I move the cup in a certain way?wrange2020-03-02T06:39:41+01:00
For static use, just attach the cup on the desired area of the skin. For dynamic cupping, move around the cup with either zigzag, up and down, or side to side movement. For lymph massage, it is good if you move the cup in the direction of lymphatic stations such as groin, knee joints or armpits.
How do I use the cups?wrange2020-03-02T06:40:08+01:00
Place the bottom of the cup against the skin, then simply squeeze the cup on both sides against the skin. This creates a suppression in the skin which affects the connective tissue of the muscles and subcutaneous tissue.
You either leave the cup still or with the dynamic cup you can slowly pull it over the skin on the surfaces to be treated. In order to move around the cup, the skin should be lubricated before treatment, allowing the cup to slip easily or use it in the shower with water and shower cream.
You can also place several cups over muscle knots or trigger points and let them work on several areas simultaneously.
How do I attach the cup?wrange2020-03-02T06:40:43+01:00
For dynamic use, it is beneficial to apply some form of lubricant to make sure the cup slide and for it to attach tightly to the skin. Use a body oil or lotion that doesn’t absorb too quickly into your skin. You can with advantage use the cup in the shower with water and shower cream. Affect the amount and intensity of vacuum suction by compressing your cup more or less. It is normal for the cups to release the suction sometimes, just re-place them if that is the case. Massage movements should be slow. Find the pattern that works best for your skin type or condition. We offer two different cup sizes that you can switch between depending on your target area and the cupping technique (dynamic or static). Remember that everyone’s skin elasticity is different and ones skin condition (dryness, elasticity) can change from day to day. Some days, cups can slide without problems and another day they may release easier, just apply them again and continue with your cupping technique. With a little practice you will discover what works best for you.
Static VS dynamic usewrange2020-03-02T06:41:20+01:00
Both methods are effective against stagnation as both increases blood circulation and lymph circulation. Dynamic cupping may be preferable when there is more than one trigger point in one area and to work on larger surfaces using movement. Dynamic cupping is also excellent for removing stagnant lymph fluid and blood, and let fresh blood into an area.
Both static and dynamic cupping are a good way of loosening the connective tissue around the trigger point, allowing further movement of fluids after treatment. Both methods also affect the fascia – the outer connective tissue, which in turn also affects mobility. Use dynamic cupping before or after exercise to affect lactic acid and accelerate the body’s recovery. Dynamic cupping is also recommended for treatment of cellulite. Static cupping is preferable to treat specific trigger points.
What different cupping techniques do you recommend?wrange2020-03-02T06:42:14+01:00
Place “Curam dynamic” or “Curam Static” at the desired area of the skin. Slowly squeeze on both sides of the cup and then gently release to create a vacuum suction. With “Curam Static” you can also adjust the vacuum from above by pressing at the top of the cup and then release.
With Curam static, you leave the cup in one place and let the cup do its job. You can have several cups place on different body areas at the same time. For an even better attachment, you can apply body oil to the skin before attaching the cup. You can also use the cups in the shower with or without shower gel.
To prevent cupping marks, do not leave the cup on for too long, maximum a few minutes. Try it and see how your skin reacts.
Suggested use: 2-3 times a week, 3-5 minutes per area.
Apply body oil or other lubricant on dry skin or use in the shower on wet skin with shower gel or shower oil. Place “Curam dynamic”, one or as many cups as you want to the desired area of the skin. Slowly squeeze on both sides of the cup – at its widest part and then release gently to create a vacuum suction.
Then slowly move the cup along your arm, leg, buttocks, back or other parts of the body. Use sweeping massage movements in zigzag, circular or up and down patterns.
To prevent cupping marks, keep your cup moving at all time and do not leave the cup in one position (static cupping).
Suggested use: 2-3 times a week, 3-5 minutes per area.
Can I do something else to improve the cupping effect?wrange2020-03-02T06:42:42+01:00
When treated with cupping, the effect is increased if you maintain a habit of good and healthy diet and exercise. It is important to drink plenty of water as the exudation of slag products in the body increases through cupping.
Is there somewhere on body where I should not use the cups?wrange2020-03-02T06:43:02+01:00
Curam’s massage cups can be used throughout the body except for groin, neck, face, armpits, genital and lower abdomen. Consult with your doctor before usage if you are on strong medication. Avoid cupping if you are pregnant as well as on infected skin, strong psoriasis or have muscle inflammation as you should not stimulate the muscles as much as cupping can do.
The effects of cupping
How can cupping help athlete’s performance?wrange2020-03-02T06:44:08+01:00
As well known to many, cupping has been demonstrated by ”Olympians” as well as practiced by amateurs within the athlete community. Crossfit athletes, runners, swimmers, gymnasts and other athletes all witness how cupping has an important role for injury prevention and recovery. For athletes that are engaged in strenuous activities cupping can help increase circulation and mobility, reduce muscle stiffness, improve endurance, suppleness, recovery time and much more.
Why is cupping effective against cellulite?wrange2020-03-02T06:44:36+01:00
Condensed connective tissue along with poor blood circulation is the main cause of the body forming so-called cellulite skin. Cupping is an in-depth massage for skin and connective tissue and as it starts blood circulation and lymph circulation it can therefore be an effective treatment for improved skin structure and cleansing of the skin.
How to reduce the appearance of cellulite with cupping?wrange2020-03-02T06:44:57+01:00
Thighs/hips/buttocks: Apply oil to dry skin or use Curam Dynamic in the shower with shower cream. Use either zigzag, up wards circular motions to the heart or up and down to break up the connective tissue. Start with light cupping in the area being treated, to begin to loosen the fascia and increase the suction effect as the area softens. When you can move the cup without resistance, slide the cup from the gluteal fold (just below the buttocks) out to the hip and into the groin where one of the large lymphatic stations is located.
Possible effects of cupping on the skinwrange2020-03-02T12:30:33+01:00
Cupping increases blood circulation, temperature and metabolism in the skin, and promotes skin breathing. It also pulls slag products out of the skin and strengthens the skin’s resistance to external stresses.
What is cupping possible impact on trigger points?wrange2020-03-02T06:45:49+01:00
From the TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) perspective, the trigger points represent stagnation of blood at a deeper musculoskeletal level. These points are usually located in the middle of a muscular structure. In addition to being sensitive when touching the area, trigger points can also be felt as a tight band or a “lump” not under the superficial layers of the skin, but in the deeper layers of the muscle structure, and sometimes close to the bone.
Persistent wrong posture when sitting or walking, carrying or lifting heavy loads, overwork, overuse of a particular muscle group and stressful lifestyle can all contribute to the formation of trigger points.
During the cupping application, a strong, negative pressure is created above the trigger point. This in turn results in the stagnant blood being stimulated to move towards the direction of the cup. The negative pressure will also force oxygen-rich blood to flow into the trigger point and release the muscular knot / lump. Sometimes it is difficult to erase trigger points completely, these may require more frequent application of cupping, which can be as often as three times a week.
Since trigger points are located in the deepest layers of muscle tissue, a strong cupping method is often required to be effective. Not all trigger points are suitable for cupping therapy because of their anatomical location. In these cases, other methods of releasing the trigger points should be used.
In what way could cupping improve lung capacity?wrange2020-03-02T06:46:09+01:00
Cupping increases blood circulation and blood is very important as it delivers nutrition through the body. For example, the blood converts oxygen from the air we breathe and transports the oxygen to our lungs and the rest of our body.
How can I use the cups to help with headaches and migraines?wrange2020-03-02T06:46:29+01:00
Apply oil to the base of the neck to facilitate stronger adhesion of the cup (s) to the skin. Apply 1-2 static cups to the neck and leave in static position for up to 10 minutes. You can continue to massage the area for a few more minutes to relieve the tension.
Can I use the cups on my knees?wrange2020-03-02T06:46:54+01:00
One of the most appealing benefits of using alternative methods such as cupping is that there are no proven negative side effects, unlike pharmaceutical drugs. The therapeutic benefits of cupping could be the placebo effect, but even if the relief you feel comes from the expectations of relief, it is probably a better alternative.
The most common abuse of cupping is overuse. This is an intensive therapy and its impact on the body systems is significant. Less is more.
I got bruises on the body and thighs after the first cupping massage, is that normal?wrange2020-03-02T06:48:13+01:00
Yes, that’s perfectly normal. Some get bruises, some do not, some more, others less – it depends first and foremost on your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, we recommend that you first massage and warm the skin with your hands and that you create less vacuum in the beginning. After a couple of days you can increase the vacuum – than the skin has started to get used to the cupping massage.
The cups can lead to marks similar to bruises but should not be confused with this. It is completely harmless and only affects the outermost layers of skin. Whether they appear or not depends on the user and whether the circulation is good in the area. It is usually the case that with good circulation there will be no marks but where it has stagnated it can become bluish marks. These marks usually diminish and disappear after a few days.
The discoloration’s produced after the cupping may be the result of slag products coming up to the surface, stagnation, previous injury or lactic acid produced by the muscles. If redness or itching occurs, it is most likely because of the increased blood circulation.
When to avoid cupping
When should I avoid cupping?wrange2020-03-02T06:48:37+01:00
Since cupping works as a deep connective tissue massage which increases blood circulation, you should avoid cupping if experience heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, in acute infections and/or inflammation. Also, avoid acute hernias, open wounds or severe skin problems such as psoriasis, rose fever and allergic rashes. You should not cup over varicose veins or large superficial blood vessels, nor over birthmarks that are above the surface of the skin. instead move around those areas as well as reduce the vacuum by relieving the cup pressure when you are near the varicose veins. Do not cup if you are a cancer patient during treatment, have rheumatism, are pregnant, have a high fever, use blood thinners or if you are a stroke patient. Cupping should be used with caution by children and the elderly and always consult your doctor if you are unsure.
I am pregnant/breastfeeding, can I use the cups?wrange2020-03-02T06:48:58+01:00
We do not recommend cupping massage during pregnancy or breastfeeding. This because cupping partly stimulates blood circulation very intensively and initiates the body’s purification of slag products which are secreted, among other things, via breast milk, which in turn can be harmful to the baby. It all depends on the woman’s health status. During pregnancy you should avoid the area of the stomach and lumbar region, but consult your doctor/therapist for safety reasons.
About blood circulation
Why is good blood circulation important?wrange2020-03-02T06:49:31+01:00
Circulation is the word used to describe the constant movement that circulates the blood around the body and is made possible by the pumping of the heart. This movement or blood flow occurs in a network called blood vessels. Circulation can be increased with exercise, physical activity, dry brushing and massage.
Blood circulation causes nutrients, oxygen and hormones to be transported into the body’s tissues. At the same time, the blood also removes and transports slag products to promote the health of the body’s tissues. Poor circulation can cause problems with fitness, memory, muscle mass, cold hands and feet, dizziness, concentration, fatigue and angina.
What other things besides cupping massage can have a positive effect on blood circulation?wrange2020-03-02T07:01:58+01:00
An important factor in the function of circulation is your diet. Food is incredibly important to our well-being and it affects every part of your body and mind. The circulatory system also greatly affects what you eat – and what you do not eat.
All form of exercise starts blood circulation.
About the connective tissue
What is connective tissue/fascia?wrange2020-03-02T06:50:42+01:00
The connective tissue (also called fascia) is found in virtually all organs of the body, around blood vessels, cartilage, tendons and also acts as a cover for the muscles. Their task is to hold tissues and organs together in our bodies. The connective tissue consists mostly of two proteins, collagen and elastin. It also consists of a lot of liquid which makes it smooth.
It is living tissue and the top layer is found 2 millimeters below the skin. When the fascia/connective tissue solidifies, we solidify. Not least after a good night’s sleep. When it is elastic, we are soft and mobile.
Most people probably think that the skeleton holds up the body, but the truth is that the fascia holds the skeleton in place. The skeletal bones “swim” in a sluggish fluid of fascia. If you sit a lot, the fascia forms after a seated body. A variable lifestyle is therefor good.
What affects the connective tissue / fascia?wrange2020-03-02T06:51:07+01:00
Prolonged physical exertion can cause changes in the connective tissue. Damage to the body is naturally repaired by the formation of new connective tissue. But with sustained stress, such as stress and muscle tension, too much new connective tissue is produced. It becomes tight and inelastic, which impairs blood circulation and mobility.
Muscle tension and muscle imbalances, mental or physical pain and circulatory disorders are other examples of conditions that create changes in the connective tissue.
What is the result of a stiff/densified connective tissue?wrange2020-03-02T12:30:01+01:00
A stiffened connective tissue can be experienced as “the suit is too tight”, it tightens and pulls in the tissue as you move. It is good to prevent the sluggish fluid of the fascia solidify to it, by exercising, dry brushing, and connective tissue massage such as cupping.
About the lymphatic system
What can be the result of a sluggish lymphatic system?wrange2020-03-02T12:29:56+01:00
A sluggish lymphatic system can also cause densification as the body then has a difficult time disposing excess fluid/slag products in a satisfactory manner. The slag products are then collected in the connective tissue which eventually causes pain. Condensed connective tissue, in turn, leads to impaired blood circulation. A densified connective tissue and poor blood circulation can lead to so-called cellulite skin.
Possible effects of cupping on the lymphatic systemwrange2020-03-02T12:29:50+01:00
The lymphatic system is one of the most important and complex systems in the human body. It is mainly the lymphatic system that is responsible for the purification of our bodies. If the removal of slag products does not work satisfactorily, they instead accumulate in the connective tissue and can cause pain.
If the slag products are not transported away and remain in the tissues for too long, it can eventually be converted to be stored as fat and connective tissue. The slag products then appears as cellulite, and the body becomes swollen.
For the lymphatic system to function optimally and efficiently to take care of viruses, bacteria and pesticides, we must move, drink plenty of water and eat a good diet. But even if we do this it may still be too little to keep the lymph flow optimally. Cupping, and especially dynamic cupping when letting the cups slide over the skin, stimulates lymph circulation and therefore brings with it an effective purification of slag products and a stronger immune system.
For lymphatic drainage, hold the cup in the direction of the lymph nodes to help flush away waste and slag products. Do not leave cups on the lymph nodes.