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What is hijama?

The word ‘Hijama’ is derived from the Arabic word ‘Hajm’ - which means ‘sucking’.

The term ‘Cupping Therapy’ on its own, could possibly refer to any different types of treatment. Cupping is the process of applying cups of some kind, to various points on the body and removing the air inside the cups to form a vacuum.

However ‘Hijama’ refers to only one particular type of cupping therapy - which in English is known as ‘wet cupping’ or ‘bleeding cupping’. In which a surgical instrument is used to scrape the skin and the vacuum cup is then applied to collect the blood. It is the oldest, most frequently used and often the moist effective method of cupping.

If you research this type of cupping, you will notice the amount of athletes, body builders use this method of cupping to support their sport.

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Bringing Holistic & Spa Treatments Together!

Facial Cupping... Don’t worry there will not be a blade in site. This form of cupping (just like the DRY cupping) is a simple gentle and relaxing suction treatment that has been used for centuries.

You maybe thinking? Will this leave ‘ Octopus marks’ like you typically see on the body with Dry/Wet Hijama. This is completely different form of treatment and suits all skin types, without leaving any marks whatsoever.

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How this treatment works?

The suction action increases the blood flow within the area you are treating which helps fresh nutrients into & through the tissues. This treatment is great for neck too, this can be used to help move around stagnant lymph fluid, increase circulation, may help reduce inflammation, nourish tissues and help keep the fine lines/wrinkles in check.

How long before the benefits are visible?

Like with many treatments, having something regular you often find you get the best results. However, in some cases you may find they have only had a few sessions and notice the difference in their appearance. Plus results may vary from person to person. What we all love to see youthful, more toned, glowing skin.

Technique!

This high quality cups are made with medical grade glass to treat every area of your face including lips and around your eye area. In order to help the cups glide with ease your Practitioner will apply a lotion or lubricant which is suitable to your skin type. Once this has taken place we will begin with the suction technique by gliding & sweeping across the face, neck.

There is couple of other methods we can do with these cups which are:

Flash Cupping - Compress the cup, place on skin, release to create suction. Lift & repeat. It appears if we are kissing the skin. The other is called...

Static Cupping - Compress the cup, apply to skin and release to create suction. Leave the cup in place for 3-10 mins.

The history of Hijama

Although it is often associated with traditional Chinese medicine, the entire world once knew of this therapy and used it. In the West, cupping Therapy has it’s birth in Egypt. The Ebers Papyrus, written around 1550 B.C.E, states that bleeding by wet cupping removes foreign matter from the body. In cupping, the ancient Eypgtains saw the remedy for just about every disorder.
Cupping Therapy was used in Egypt dating back some 3,500 years, where it’s use is represented in hieroglyphic writing.

The ancient Egyptians passed the art of cupping on to the ancient Greeks. Both Hippocrates and Galen were staunch advocates and users of cupping Therapy. Galen once condemned Erasistratus, a noted physician in Alexandria, for not using cupping.
In the West, cupping remained an important part of medicine and therapy, including conventional, alternative and folk-based, until the early 20th century. The surgeon Charles Kennedy wrote, in 1826;

“The art of cupping has been so well-known, and the benefits arising from it so long experienced, that it is quite unnecessary to bring forward testimonials in favour of what has received not only the approbation of modern times, but also the sanction of remotest antiquity.”

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Historical Methods

Before the advent of the hand pump that makes cupping so easy today, many different instruments have been used to perform cupping historically.

Sunnah Hijama

Hijama can also be referred to as ‘Sunnah Hijama’ as it is a practice recommended in Hadith.