What is Cupping Therapy?
I had the pleasure of attending a wonderful course on Cupping Therapy recently. I have always wanted to do this course for over 4 years as I have had incredible results from this type of therapy.
What On Earth Is Cupping Therapy?
It’s an ancient method for relieving sore muscles by promoting blood flow and stimulating the release of toxins. It is removing stagnant blood caused by injury/illness/trauma/daily stress on the body.
It is relaxing and comfortable, however it may bring some of those toxins to the surface, which will cause temporary marking. They will fade within 24 hours and usually disappear within three to four days, though in some cases they may linger for a week or two.
What are those marks the Cups Leave?
On some occasions cupping produces no marking because pathogens and other unwanted factors are not there to be drawn to the surface. However a lot of the time it will. If there is stagnant blood it will cause a marking on the skin called a Cupping Mark.
Cupping marks are not bruises. When we have a bruise it is tender to touch (due to trauma). After cupping there is no such accompanying tenderness.
Cupping marks will fade within 24 hours and usually disappear within three to four days.
Markings that are left on the body after cupping vary due to illness/injury.
Cupping marks that display a fresh red colour indicate a recent traumatic injury.
Black, deep purple or deep blue indicates blood stagnation. It occurs when there has been a long standing illness/injury.
What types of Cupping therapy is Available?
Traditional East West Cupping
Traditional Cupping is the use of glass with a flame. The glass is heated with the flame and then the glass cup is applied to the skin surface. This is fantastic for Chronic pain/coughs/cold.
Modern Cupping Therapy
Cupping that does not require flame. Silicone cups, Facial Glass cups, Bell glass cups are used. The benefit of these cups is that they can be applied to areas of the body (boney areas) that glass flame cups can not be applied. These are great for dealing with myofascial syndromes and other health issues including how to clear sinus congestion, relieve abdominal tension and clear scars, cellulite and stretchmarks
What are the benefits of Cupping Therapy?
Stretches and unwinds fascia at the superficial and deep levels
Removes small adhesions that allow for more range of movement in tissues
Stimulates the local nervous system, causing an increase of endorphins and a decrease of pain
Loosens and releases adhesion
Relaxes the nervous system
Draws an increase of blood supply to the treated site.
Breaks up and expels congestion and toxins
Moves and drains excess fluids
Stretches and releases all types of muscles and soft tissues.
Provides deep tissue massage without discomfort
Strengthens the immune system by promoting the flow of the lymphatic fluid
Improves circulation to reduce inflammation
What to Expect in a Cupping Therapy Treatment
Sessions run for 1 Hour. Different types of cups are used depending on treatment plan. Cups range from glass flame cups, non flame Bell glass cups, non flame facial glass cups, none flame silicone cups.
Cups can be moved around the body to release built up heat and tension in the body. It provides a deep tissue massage and will feel very pleasant. Cups will be left in the problematic areas of the body for up to 20 minutes to draw out blood stagnation.
All my cupping treatment is very involved. I do not just stick on cups and walk away. I provide a very in depth deep tissue massage with the cups. They are gently glided over the problematic areas of the body.
Once I have stretched out and unwound the fascia I work on breaking up any adhesions
I then leave the cups stationary for a short period of time. This is a very small part of the treatment.
I know a lot of people who would truly benefit from this type of treatment.
I know it looks scary. It really isn't and I honestly could not live without this treatment on my body.
I treat myself often after long weeks of work.
You will honestly be amazed how wonderful you will feel after this treatment. People report feeling less tense and more range of movement immediately after treatment.
If you are suffering or know someone else that is suffering consider giving this a try.
Cupping Therapy is suitable for people suffering from muscle tension, back pain- upper, mid or lower back pain, neck tension, shoulder pain, arm pain, hip pain, knee pain, leg pain, foot pain. Acute or Chronic pain.
The treatment will feel pleasant and people report feeling amazing afterwards.