Cupping? What on earth is cupping?
If you’ve ever thought this, you wouldn’t be the first.
Cupping is an ancient therapeutic technique practiced primarily in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves the use of small glass cups that are placed on different points on the body.
Before the cup is applied to the body, the air is drawn out of it creating a vacuum which draws the skin taut. This mild suction of the skin brings blood closer to the surface. This technique is used to help blood circulation and speeds the body’s natural detoxification process.
Michael Phelps, the Olympian swimmer, brought cupping into the mainstream when he showed up to his meets with the tale-tell red circles.
So, what’s with the red marks?
Once the cups are applied to the body, they are usually left in place for up to 10 minutes. The skin, fascia, and tissue being lifted up towards the cup become suffused with red blood cells. When the cups are removed the skin can be noticeably red. This will fade within a few days.
Okay, but I’m not a fan of those marks. Can I still get the treatment?
Generally, cupping does leave marks. However, you can talk to your Holistic Practitioner about a technique called “gliding cupping” or Cupping Massage. With Cupping Massage, the cups are not left stationary but are used along with massage oils and glided over the muscles. This leaves behind fewer to no marks on the skin.
What is cupping used for?
This age-old practice has many modern day advantages. It has been used to reduce the appearance of cellulite, reduce wrinkles and fine lines of the face, in addition to aiding blood circulation, and loosening tight muscles. It can also be used in the treatment of TMJ (pain in the jaw joint).
When used on the face, as in Facial Cupping, there are no red marks left and you will see noticeably firmer smoother skin.
What do other people think of cupping?
Visit your local gym, yoga studio, or fitness boot-camp and you will find men and women proudly displaying their rouge cupping marks. They have become sort of badge for wellness patrons. Clients greatly enjoy this treatment not just for its health benefits but also because it’s deeply relaxing. Combine that with the benefits to skin quality, diminishing wrinkles, fine lines, and cellulite and people are eager to book another session.
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