Benefits of Cupping Therapy
The benefits of cupping include local pain relief and muscle relaxation. Cupping improves overall health by removing the energy blockages or barriers to the flow of healthy energy or qi. Did you see the swimmer Michael Phelps during the Olympics with all the red circles on his back? Athletes often use cupping to help increase blood flow to a particular muscle region or help reduce pain. (see video)
What is the history of cupping?
Cupping therapy has been used in traditional Chinese medicine over the years to remove stagnation and stimulate the flow of qi (chi). Qi is the free flow of vital energy circulating through the body and the world around us, if the qi is disrupted or disturbed, it can create stagnation (blockages) or imbalances in the body.
What is cupping in a massage?
A therapeutic cupping treatment involves warming and placing cups, usually made of glass, on the skin. By warming the air within the cup, a vacuum is created, and when it is applied to the skin, the tissue is drawn up into the cup. This increases the blood flow, loosens the fascia or connective tissue, and is thought to stimulate healing. It is similar to the way deep tissue massage can be used to break up scar tissue and reduce pain. The cups are often placed on the back, neck, and shoulders or the site of pain. Cupping may cause some temporary bruising and soreness, depending upon the degree of suction created by the vacuum and the level of internal stagnation. According to traditional Chinese medicine, this would be a favorable outcome, suggesting the treatment has successfully removed toxins and stagnation. The cups are removed by lifting one edge, which allows air in and breaks the seal and vacuum.
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