You have have remembered Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps with circular red marks on his body. Now more and more photos are showing up on social media & in magazines of stars with these famous circular marks. At Kauai Therapy & Wellness our therapists are trained and experienced in cupping techniques and it may be just the thing you need to boost your recovery or pain relief. If you are still not convinced, then let me tell you a bit more about where cupping originated from, how & who it can help.
Where did Cupping Come From? “It’s been used in many cultures around the world for possibly 5,000 years,” says cupping practitioner Frances Wocicki, MS, founder of Crow Heart Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs in Oakland, CA. Cupping goes way back as a practice has been documented in early Chinese and Egyptian medicine. Historically, the first cups in China were made from animal horns. But these days, the cups are now made from glass, plastic, silicone, or even copper.
How Can it Help? Cupping aims to alleviate that pain by getting rid of the stagnation that may cause it in the first place. Blood contains nutrients and oxygen that help pick up toxins and waste products, so by increasing your blood flow to various parts of your body, you are increasing its ability to repair any damage that has been caused along the way. One way to think about cupping is that it is the inverse of massage. Rather than applying pressure to muscles, the suction uses pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscles upward. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system. Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite
Who Can it Help? You do not have to be a professional athlete to benefit from cupping. Just about anyone can benefit form cupping & are good candidates for cupping. You should, however, let the therapists know if you have any blood disorders, are pregnant, or if you suspect you may have cancer. People with blood disorders or cancer are not good candidates for cupping. Cupping is definitely on the up and up, so if you are feeling some sort of physical pain, it couldn’t hurt to check in with our therapists to see if the treatment could be helpful for you.
Cupping on a client at Kauai Therapy & Wellness, Ponderay- Idaho Location.