- Dry cupping : The air inside a plastic or glass cup is suctioned or vacuumed out by placing the cup on the skin. In most cases, the cups can be used at rest or while moving.You may have noticed athletes with circular bruise-like marks or raised circles on their backs or shoulders. These marks are likely from dry cupping therapy. Dry cupping is a complementary healing modality rooted in traditional Chinese medicine.Proponents of this modality say cupping can treat pain and restore order in the body by unblocking disturbances in the circulation, energy channels and pathways of the body. Cupping has been used for nearly 2,000 years in traditional Chinese medicine.
- Wet cupping: Wet cupping creates a mild suction by leaving a cup in place for about 3 minutes. The therapist then removes the cup and uses a small scalpel to make light, tiny cuts on your skin. Next, they do a second suction to draw out a small quantity of blood.Wet cupping (Hijama) is an old medical technique, which has been broadly applied for treatment of numerous conditions, such as acute/chronic inflammation, communicable diseases, and the immune system diseases.
- Oil cupping /Sliding Cupping: Its a technique where massage oils are applied, cups are attached to the body and then slide across an area.ACE’s founder, Anita J. Shannon, recommends using fractionated coconut oil during cupping therapy. Through testing, ACE has found fractionated coconut oil to be safe to use with our equipment. It’s also an inexpensive and readily available carrier oil that works well for most people.
- Flash Cupping/Empty Cupping: It involves quick repeated application of cups, with minimal retention. It reduces local congestion and stimulate circulation over a broader area. involves quick, repeated suction and release of cups on an area of the body