Cupping is one of the most ancient Chinese medical practices still used in acupuncture, chiropractic, physical, and massage therapy.
It’s a therapeutic process that uses a suction cup made of glass, plastic, or ceramic placed on the area that needs healing. This cup is heated from the inside before placing it onto the body to remove any oxygen and create a negative pressure to suck the skin. The suction increases blood circulation, which repairs cells and relieves muscle tension.
You must have seen people with red circles on their bodies or faces from cupping therapy. They might look intimidating, but they go away after a while and don’t hurt much. Here are some of its promising benefits:
1. Removes Toxins from Blood
Contemporary lifestyle often causes an overload of toxins in your body. Toxin removal is one of the most common reasons for getting cupping therapy. It stimulates the tissues to discharge toxins from your body through the lymphatic system.
2. Pain Relief
People with acute or chronic pain can get cupping therapy for faster pain relief. It’s highly effective in treating migraine, stiff neck and shoulders, sciatica, muscle pain, arthritis, etc.
3. Relieves Digestive Problems
When cupping is done over the abdomen, it aids digestion by clearing colon blockages and stimulating body fluid and blood to move through the organs. It also engages the parasympathetic nervous system, which enhances the blood circulation in the digestive tract. This whole process relieves digestion problems.
4. Helps with Breathing
The suction from cupping therapy pushes oxygenated blood towards the lungs and respiratory muscles, breaking up the chest congestion caused by asthma, cold, or bronchitis. Usually, cupping is done on the back, but patients can receive it on their chest for asthma treatment. The therapist gently slides the cups on the chest to stimulate lymph fluid movement.
5. Stress Relieve and Relaxation
People suffering from stress and anxiety also get cupping to relax. After the suction process, the therapists perform a massage therapy that creates energy and blood flow in the body. As a result, you feel relaxed and rejuvenated.
6. Reduces Scars and Stretchmarks
Scars on the body are due to excess fluid accumulation, called edema. Increased blood flow in cupping therapy restores lymphatic circulation that removes this excess fluid, reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
7. Solves Skin Problems
Increased blood flow in the skin supplies adequate oxygen that keeps the skin healthy. Therefore, cupping can solve many skin problems such as acne, cellulite, eczema, etc. People also get face cupping to treat stubborn acne and remove toxins from the skin.
8. Stimulates Healing Process
Cupping therapy can promote faster healing if you are recovering from an illness. It increases the oxygenated blood flow in the areas that require recovery and generates a wave of energy that aids the process.
Are You Interested in Cupping Therapy?
Although we are a massage spa in Fayetteville, NC, our Asian therapists are experts in Traditional Chinese Medicine, including cupping. We also offer different types of massage therapy, including Swedish, Shiatsu, Sports, and Deep Tissue Massage. Feel free to contact us or explore our website for more information