Remember seeing athletes in the Olympic games with large red marks all over their backs and body? Hello Rio, Michael Phelps, 2016! It seems that, in addition to training with the latest state-of -the art techniques and equipment, some athletes are turning to ancient practices to keep their edge.
What is Cupping Therapy?
- One way to think about cupping is that it is the inverse of massage. It involves heating the air inside a glass cup, which removes some of the air from the cup. The cup is then placed on the skin, and the resulting vacuum pulls the skin partially into the cup, causing a red mark, don’t let these red marks fool you, they cause no pain. This removes unwanted toxins from the body, getting blood flowing through our bodies better to promote self-healing.
How can Cupping benefit you?
● Relaxing and soothing experience
● Release muscle tension in the neck, lower back
● Increase blood circulation,improve blood flow, promote cell repair
● Decrease migraine pain
● Athletes use it to recover tired/sore muscles
● Improve mobility, benefits arthritis, joint pain, muscle pain/stiffness
● Releases stress, improves well-being
● Drains toxins and pathogens
This therapy isn’t just for athletes, anyone can benefit from this safe noninvasive therapy.
The British Cupping Society says that cupping therapy is used to treat:
- Rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
- High blood pressure
- Anxiety and depression
- Varicose veins
Is Cupping Therapy safe?
Cupping therapy should be done by a trained professional and is generally safe when done on healthy individuals.