Thursday, June 4, 2015

Cupping for everyday people
Have you ever seen a picture of a celebrity or athlete with circular dark markings up and down their back and wondered why? It means they have had a session of cupping therapy. So what is cupping therapy? It looks painful, but in fact it is not and many people actually enjoy it and get relief from it.
Cupping has been around awhile and goes back to ancient Egypt, China and Greece. From there it spread through Africa and Europe and it was even used by the native Americans. China has produced extensive research and currently uses it in their hospitals. The most prevalent use of cupping has been in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and it has been adapted for use with massage and chiropractic therapies. 
Cupping is not just for athletes or celebrities, it is used by people in all walks of life to relieve muscle pain, stiffness in the neck and shoulders, helps backaches and other things that occur with a stressful lifestyle. 
In ancient times nuts, seashells and gourds were used as suction devices to purge bites, and infections. Ancient practitioners even used it to draw out evil spirits. In today's world the cups are made from glass or plastic. Fire cupping is the form that is usually used. The cup is quickly heated with fire and suction is created when the cup is placed on the skin.  The cups are usually left in place for 10 - 15 minutes. The theory is that negative pressure is created by the suction and stimulates the tissues allowing the flow of blood to loosen up tight muscles, relieve pain and and detoxify.
Massage cupping is very popular and commonly used. The skin is covered with oil so the cups glide over the skin as they are moved around in consistent movement. The suction and negative pressure releases rigid soft tissue, loosens adhesions, drains excess fluid and toxins and brings blood and lymph to the skin and muscles.
Stationary and massage cupping are usually used on the back, neck and shoulders. By adjusting the size of the cups used, this therapy can be used all over the body including the face and the feet. 
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This blog was written and adapted  for Dori White, LMT  by Herbalist Valerie Lull, MH. To read Valerie’s blog ‘Simple Ways to Stay Healthy’ go to

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