What is Bellabaci 'cupping' massage?
Cupping therapy has been practised all over the world for thousands of years. Originating in ancient Egypt and then spreading through Greece, the Roman empire, it was believed to cure almost every disorder. It forms part of the traditional Chinese school of medicine, working on acupressure points to relieve the stagnation of Qi and blood. The cups were originally made from animal horn and then later glass and worked by the application of heat which creates a vacuum. The cups were then applied to the body, drawing the tissue into the cup.
In Western medicine cupping was both a popular conventional and alternative folk-based therapy until early in the twentieth century, when it fell out of favour. However, in the past decade it has enjoyed a resurgence becoming popular with celebrities such as Gwynyth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston, who have been seen with the tell-tale red circles on their backs and shoulders left by the glass cups.
The Bellabaci cupping massage therapy is a fantastic modern version of the traditional glass cups. Instead of using heat to produce the vacuum, these flexible silicone cups are gently squeezed before application to provide the pressure, eliminating the possibility of any burns and the red circles left by glass cups. As these cups are flexible the therapist can move them over areas of pain and tension and unlike traditional methods of massage, the Bellabaci cups can be used directly over bones and joints. Bellabaci combines the techniques of Swedish and deep tissue massage to relieve pain and detoxify the body.
Common ailments that people come to us for this type of massage are:
- tissue and joint inflammation
- sore muscles
- poor circulation
- oedema (fluid retention)
- sciatic pain down the leg
- sluggish digestive system