Having recently qualified in Cupping therapy i thought i'd give you an insight into what it is and how it can benefit you. Lure essentials who provide me with the tools to carry out this treatment have kindly let me share their article with you. www.lureesentials.com
Cupping therapy dates back to ancient Egypt, Asia and Middle East. It is a form of alternative medicine where glass, silicone or plastic cups are placed on skin to create vacuum suction in order to promote health and healing by loosening soft tissue and connective tissue, scarring and adhesions, moving stagnation and increasing lymphatic flow and circulation.
THE SECRET The secret behind CUPPING is the “negative” or reverser massage action. Unlike acupressure or massage therapy which compresses the muscles and tissues, cupping decompresses and gently suctions and lifts skin and the underlying tissue into the cup using silicone cups, glass jars, or plastic cups with a pistol grip hand pump. Various styles of cups can be employed depending on the outcome and body area used to treat. Cupping may be used almost anywhere on the body and depending on the cups and techniques, can reach up to 4” deep inside the tissue producing remarkable therapeutic results. Eastern medicine believes that pain and stress are caused by stagnation of blood, fluids, toxins and vital energy – Qi (pronounced CHI). Cupping promotes Qi life energy, helps improve our immune system, increases circulation, helps drain fluids, draws stagnation, pathogenic factors and toxins out of the body and delivers fresh oxygenated blood to help reduce inflammation and expedite healing. Cupping is commonly used to address sports injuries, muscle and joint pain, connective tissue (fascia), digestive problems, for respiratory issues such as cold and cough, headaches, tooth pain, for body sculpting, cellulite, as part of an anti-aging routine, and so much more. Modern cupping may be used on its own or can be combined with massage therapy, essential oils, acupuncture or with other “Western medicine” treatments.
How Does Cupping Feel? Most individuals find cupping massage very relaxing, delivering muscle tension and pain relief. Cupping is generally not painful, but depending on the individual’s sensitivity and the intensity of treatment, it can be very relaxing and sedating or one may experience a moderate discomfort. The movement of the cup mimics the rolling action of a deep tissue massage, creating a reverse or “negative” pressure by pulling the skin upward into the cup. Redness or feeling of warmth of cupped area is an indication of increased blood flow to that area.
Who Can Benefit from Cupping? Almost anyone can benefit from cupping . Vacuum cups are very user friendly and can be used in a professional or home setting, by pro-athletes, alone or with a partner, for travel, pre and post-workouts, and more. The most common misuse of Cupping therapy is overuse. This is an intense therapy, and its impact on the body systems is significant. Often times, less is more. Common Conditions Lack of mobility, circulation, tight muscles, pain and discomfort, edema, scars, restricted circulation, muscle and joint pain, myofascial release, trigger points, Fibromyalgia, IBS, Sciatica, Plantar fasciitis, Bursitis, Tendonitis, stagnant lymph, insomnia, anxiety, inflammation, congestion, cellulite, headaches and migraines, sinus, pneumonia, asthma, TMJ, athletic stress, injury and prevention, post-op recovery.
How Long Before You Can See or Feel Results? In many cases, results can be seen or felt after only a few cupping sessions. Many times you will start feeling and looking better instantly! With regular use you will experience improved mobility, muscle tension relaxation, increased energy, a radiant looking skin, a healthier and more toned physique, reduced stress and anxiety, experience better sleep, less pain and discomfort, increased circulation and so much more! Results are cumulative. To be effective use regularly until optimal results are reached. Follow a healthy diet, exercise and drink plenty of water!