Raise Your Hand If You’ve Tried Cupping

WAIT, if your hand isn’t raised you HAVE TO TRY IT.

What Is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping therapy is a valuable treatment method practiced as Traditional Chinese medicine and developed thousands of years ago. Traditional cupping therapy involves creating a vacuum-suction (aka negative pressure therapy) in a glass or plastic jar—that somewhat resembles a miniature fish bowl.

The jars are placed on your body during cupping treatments and suction is used to pull the skin and muscles upwards – a perfect alternative to those wanting muscle work done, but like to avoid the intensity that comes from deep tissue massages.

What Are The Benefits?

Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite. For weight loss and cellulite treatments, oil is first applied to the skin, and then the cups are moved up and down the surrounding area. Like acupuncture, cupping follows the lines of the meridians. By targeting the meridian channels, cupping strives to ‘open’ these channels – the paths through which life energy flows freely throughout the body, through all tissues and organs, thus providing a smoother and more free-flowing qi (life force).

Cupping is one of the best deep-tissue therapies available. It is thought to affect tissues up to four inches deep from the external skin. Toxins can be released, blockages can be cleared, and veins and arteries can be refreshed within these four inches of affected materials. Even hands, wrists, legs, and ankles can be ‘cupped,’ thus applying the healing to specific organs that correlate with these points. This treatment is also valuable for the lungs, and can clear congestion from a common cold or help to control a person’s asthma. In fact, respiratory conditions are one of the most common maladies that cupping is used to relieve.

There are several benefits to cupping therapy that is different from getting a normal massage and reasons why you should consider adding this to your “take care of myself” fund each month.

What To Expect During & After A Cupping Therapy Session?

The treatment is discussed between therapist and client and tailored to their specific needs. Cupping therapy is very relaxing and sometimes even sedative. With some treatments there can be mild discomfort and itching when working on areas with severe stagnation and tight fascia. The marks involved with cupping will go away in a few hours to 2 weeks depending on the amount of stagnation. It is important to remember that marks from massage cupping are not bruises but instead stagnant blood and other toxins being released out into the circulatory system.  It is important to drink an ample amount of water before and after your session. Water will help flush out the toxins that are trying to be released during your cupping session and will also continue to hydrate your muscles and help blood flow.

Schedule an Appointment Today!  To schedule your therapeutic cupping session, call 262-408-7597 or book here!

Warnings:

Cupping Therapy affects the body the same as a deep tissue massage.  You may experience delayed onset muscle soreness that will be akin to a long hard workout.  However, the feel of cupping is not as intense as deep tissue massage. Thanks to the nature of negative pressure therapy, the work is deep without being painful although occasionally it can be uncomfortable.  Remember to check in with your therapist to make sure the therapy is within your personal comfort level.

Written By: Cayla Zahn

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