I LOVE CUPPING!!!! I love giving it and I love getting it! Cupping is a treatment modality of traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for thousands of years. It is folk medicine that is practiced in many cultures. It has been in the news lately and you may hear it referred to as “myofascial decompression” or some other fancy, trendy name, but rest assured this is an ancient technique.
How does cupping work? The practitioner places plastic or glass cups upside down on the patient’s body, especially where there’s a lot of tension and pain. I’m old school and almost always use GLASS and FIRE! 🙂 The cups are heated or suctioned to create a vacuum, which pulls on the skin and muscles. This activates a healthy flow of blood and Qi (energy) that helps clear toxins out of the muscles. I often use massage oil to glide the cups along the skin or just leave them in place. Cups can stay on the body for 5 to 15 minutes, and then they are easily removed.
The theory behind cupping is that it works on the body’s meridians and acupuncture points. It sets energy in motion so blockages can be cleared and Qi can easily flow along the meridians. It’s typically used with acupuncture to focus on certain points and channels of energy.
Cupping therapy can feel like a deep-tissue massage, and it has some of the same benefits – it relieves pain, stimulates the flow of blood and lymph fluid, and relaxes the muscles. From a Western medical standpoint, this type of therapy promotes good circulation and helps repair body tissues.
It is normal and expected for cups to leave temporary reddish marks or slight bruises that will disappear within a few days after the treatment.
Used in conjunction with acupuncture and herbs, cupping can be useful for certain conditions, such as:
Shoulder and neck pain
Low back pain
Muscle stiffness and tightness
Migraines and headaches
Respiratory issues such as asthma
Colds and coughs
Soft tissue sprains
Stomachaches and abdominal pain
Try it! You’ll like it!! And as always if you have any questions, just ask.