Have you heard of body cupping? This is one of my favourite treatments to perform but often, people don’t know very much about it. Here, I’m going to share everything you need to know, including how you could benefit from body cupping. I hope you find it useful.
What is cupping therapy?
Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction in order to increase blood flow, reduce inflammation and activate lymphatic drainage.
The treatment dates back to ancient Egypt, Asia and Middle East. Cupping brings fresh blood to the area, improves circulation and is widely used to treat pain, digestive problems, release toxins, improve the appearance of cellulite, and much more!
How does cupping feel? Will it cause bruising?
Most individuals find cupping massage very relaxing resulting in muscle tension and pain relief. Cupping is generally not painful, but depending on individual sensitivity and the intensity of the massage, it may be relaxing or you may experience a moderate discomfort.
The movement of the cup mimics the rolling action of deep tissue massage, where the cupping treatment creates reverse or “negative” pressure by pulling the skin upwards. Redness of just-massaged skin and a feeling of warmth is an indication of increased healthy blood flow to the treated area.
If you opt for the stationary massage cupping technique, you may notice round marks or slight bruising in the shape of your cups, commonly referred to as a “hickey”. These marks are an indication that toxins and stagnation were pulled to the surface of the body, restoring flow of energy and healthy blood flow. The marks are temporary and will fade within a few days.
When can I expect to see results? Impress me!
In many cases, results are visible after only a few cupping treatments, though you will start feeling and looking better instantly! With regular use, you will experience muscle tension relaxation, rejuvenation, increased energy, firmness and a more toned, healthier physique. Reduced stress, improved circulation and pain relief are just some of the many benefits you can see and feel. Remember, results are cumulative. To be effective, use regularly until optimal results are reached, follow a healthy diet, exercise and drink plenty of water!
What are cupping marks?
“Cupping marks” or “cup kisses” are not bruises. The discolouration produced after cupping can be a result of the buildup of toxins brought to the surface, stagnation, previous injury, or lactic acid produced by the muscles. If redness or itching occurs, it’s likely due to inflammation being brought to the surface.
How can cupping help with respiratory health?
Cupping is very effective for respiratory health. It opens the lungs to help disperse mucous and phlegm, clear common colds or bronchial congestion. Cupping massage helps to improve immune function, reduce allergies and asthma.
How can cupping help the abdomen and digestion?
Cupping helps clear colon blockages, stimulate digestive organs, promote movement and bowels, and eliminate toxins. It helps to stretch the abdominal walls to loosen stagnant waste and promote digestion.
How can cupping help athletes’ performance?
As demonstrated by Olympians, and commonly practiced by amateur and pro-athletes, Crossfit competitors, runners, swimmers, gymnasts and other athletes, cupping plays an important role in injury prevention and recovery. Cupping for athletes enduring strenuous activities helps boost circulation, reduce muscle stiffness, improve lung capacity, increase range of motion, improve performance, endurance, agility, recovery time, and so much more!
What is myofascial cupping?
Myofascial cupping is a form of trigger point therapy that helps lift, separate and stretch connective tissue (fascia) to detoxify and nourish soft tissues and improve range of motion. Myofascial cupping works to directly target restricted areas by placing the cup over that area, creating negative pressure by lifting and stretching the skin to pull fresh oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood into the treated area. This technique can effectively be used to soften scar tissue, adhesions, cellulite and stretch marks.
Would you like to try it?
I hope you found that interesting and helpful. If you think you could benefit from cupping therapy, please get in touch to book your appointment.