Have you ever seen an athlete with circular dark red markings on her or his back and wonder what did he or she do to themselves and why? Presumably he or she has received a cupping session.
So what is cupping therapy, and why would you do that? Cupping has been around for thousands of years dating back to early Egypt, Asia and Greece. It then spread through parts of Africa and Europe and was used by the natives of America.
Over the years, scientists have provided extensive research on the effectiveness and benefits of cupping and currently use this method. In fact, the most prevalent use of cupping therapy has been in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), but has now been adapted for other health care modalities including naturopathy, massage and chiropractic therapy.
Cupping is not reserved for athletes but is a therapy used by all issues of life to relieve muscle tension, backaches, stiff neck and shoulders and other health problems brought on by stress, work and daily life.
During a cupping session, a practitioner places round cups directly on your skin. The cup is either first heated with fire or manually pumped to create a suction.Typically, 4 to 6 cups (or even more) are used adhering to the skin for about 15 to 30 minutes.
It is believed that the suction created by the cup encourages blood flow and lymph drainage—and this increased circulation can promote healing and reduce pain, inflammation an congestion. According to nature doctors, the negative pressure created by the suction stimulates the immune system and the blood flow, what increases the Qi and the self-healing power.
Cupping is used to treat the following symptoms: tight, painful muscles, back pain, lack of mobility, headaches, migraine, herniated discs, tendinitis, bursitis, fibromyalgia, joint pain. You can also get good results when you have problems in the respiratory tract, digestive tract, urinary and renal tract or hormonal disorders.
Massage cupping is another way to use the cupping glass. The practitioner rubs in some oil in the skin of the client and glides the cups over the skin in a smooth, consistent movement. The suction and negative pressure created by massage cupping releases rigid soft tissue, breaks up and drains excess fluids and toxins, loosens adhesions and lifts connective tissue. So you reach a good blood and lymph flow to muscles, connective tissue and organs.