Cupping is an incredible healing technique that has been around for thousands of years.
Many acupuncturists use this therapeutic technique in their practice, and more and more bodyworkers, physical therapists, and athletic trainers are using it as a tool in their arsenal. It is one of my favorite things to incorporate into a massage, it is pretty much magic!
Cupping is an ancient 3000 year old healing tradition that originated in China. It was recommended by Hippocrates, found in ancient Egyptian texts, and has been used in the healing and medical communities of Middle Eastern, European and Asian cultures for centuries.
Cups can be made of glass, silicone, bamboo or plastic. (Or horn back in the day!) The cups create a vacuum by suctioning out air, which pulls the skin, fascia, and superficial muscle layer up into the cup. Cups can be left in place for up to 10 minutes, or glided across the body. Think of it almost as an inverse massage.
It is incredibly effective at releasing stubborn muscle adhesions and energy blockages. It releases toxins and stagnant blood, and encourages lymph, blood, and energy flow. It also aids in muscle recovery, inflammation, and is super relaxing!
Cupping can help with many other health issues. It assists in clearing lung congestion when you have a cold, and aids in relieving asthma. It can also help ease certain digestive issues by sedating the nervous system, and helps to relieve migraines. Cupping may leave little marks that look like an octopus gave you a hug. Not to worry, though, they only last up to a couple of days!
There are some contraindications for cupping. You do not want to do it if you have a severe illness or a hemorrhagic disease, slipped discs, extreme skin conditions, or broken bones. Pregnant ladies should avoid cupping on their lower abdomen and lumbosacral region.
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