So being a massage therapist I use a variety of treatments to help my clients perform at their best. One of those treatments is called cupping. What is cupping I hear you say? Well within Chinese medicine it is known as a therapy in which heated glass cups are applied to the skin along the meridians of the body, creating suction and is believed to stimulate the flow of energy through acupressure points enhancing ones Qi (sounds like chee) known to the Chinese as life energy.
Cupping is over 2000 years old and like above is thought by many to have originated in China as it is used so often within their medicine and the idea being heavily influenced because of the Karate kid movies both old and new by the character of Mr Miyagi. However the Chinese merely adopted Cupping into every household as a result of early work from the Egyptians who rather then using cups would use leeches to suck out toxins from the body with new blood replacing the bad blood and with it bringing nutrients and oxygen to begin the healing process.
The reason why I use cupping within my treatments is to help improve blood flow and circulation to areas of the body that are tight and restricted. The reason for this is that combined with soft tissue work increasing mobility and allowing more blood into the area we open any restrictions and allow the healing process to take place.
Cupping has come to light over the last few years because of being put in the limelight from athletes such as Michael Phelps helping alleviate tension and stress, improve mobility and blood flow as well as improving general well-being.
When treating someone what I look for when cupping is the colour of the area when applying the cups. The general rule of thumb is that the darker the area the less oxygen that is getting into that area, hindering recovery; restricting range of motion of which can also lead to other issues further up the chain in the upper body commonly associated with tight neck and shoulders leading to headaches and migraines which many people suffer from.
Cupping is thought of by many as a pseudoscience due to its lack of scientific research confirming its benefits. Anecdotally I have found it to be extremely beneficial as an overall package for treatment improving the quality of one’s lifestyle.
(Clients who have benefitted from the use of cupping treatment)
To conclude I wouldn’t not try anything based on someone else’s opinion. I have found cupping on myself to be extremely beneficial and have used it successfully on many clients improving blood flow to restricted areas, helping improve range of motion of which has had positive effects I have found on many peoples’ health and well-being.
If you want to give it a try feel free to contact me about booking a treatment.