Cupping massage is an alternative therapy that can be traced back to ancient times. It is practiced in many civilizations, from Ancient China, Ancient Egypt to the Middle East. This therapy is still practiced up to this day. This is not a surprising fact, knowing how beneficial this therapy is.
If you want to know more about cupping massage, you may want to read this article to the end. Why? Because in this article you will learn what the therapy is, how it works and most importantly, its benefits to our health. Alright, let’s start with knowing what the therapy is first.
What Is It?
What is cupping massage? It is a therapeutic treatment which involves heating and application of cups on the patient’s skin. The most common area where the cups are applied is the back but in truth, it is not limited to this area. The cups can be placed anywhere on the patient’s body, including head, neck or feet.
There are two kinds of cupping massage. Firstly, where the cups are left alone in a place. During this therapy, after the cups are heated they are then applied to the patient’s skin and left in place for a while. Secondly, where the cups are moved around. In this therapy, massage oils will be applied to the patient’s skin before the cups. While there is a slight difference between the two, the applied principles and benefits are still the same.
How It Works
Before the therapy starts, the therapist will heat the cups first. The purpose of heating is to create a vacuum, which is induced by heating the air inside the cup. After the air inside the cup is heated, the cups then are applied to the skin. At this point, the vacuum creates a sucking motion, drawing the tissue upward. Usually, the cups are heated by burning a flammable substance (either herbs or alcohol) inside the cups.
That said, some therapists may not even heat their cups as there are specialized cups that can create a vacuum using a pump. The point here is to create a vacuum inside the cup, either by using heat or a pump. So if you are afraid of being burned, you can choose a cupping therapy with this kind of cups.
Now, let’s return to the process. The suction in dry cupping massage process stimulates blood flow, loosen connective tissue and muscle as well as stimulate healing for the affected areas. This process is not unlike deep tissue massage. In fact, it uses the same principle although in reverse. Indeed, deep tissue massage involves the application of pressure, while cupping involves the application of negative pressure (or suction).
If the therapy involves moving the cups, silicone cups are likely to be used. This is because cups made of silicone are more flexible and softer. Thereby, allowing the therapist to move it across the patient’s body with ease.
Alright, what are cupping massage benefits? There are many. The direct benefits of cupping are relaxation and pain relief. If you are stressed and/or experienced pain due to injury or disease, cupping may help you feel better immediately.
Cupping also removes stagnation from your body. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, stagnation leads to disease. In this case, cupping helps to remove stagnation from your body and improves energy flow of your body.
Another cupping therapy benefits include treating acne, anemia, anxiety, asthma, bronchial congestion, cough, depression, digestive issues, fertility issue, hypertension, insomnia and varicose veins.
Are there any side effects of cupping massage? As with any other therapies, it does have side effects. The side effects include bruises and burn. Bruises are inevitable in cupping. However, the bruises caused by cupping are not harmful and will disappear in a few days. So there is no need to worry about it. As for burn, it rarely happens. And when it happens, it happens because the therapy is not done properly. To prevent burns from happening, you should only have it done by a professional therapist.
These are the facts of cupping massage. It is a great alternative therapy that brings many health benefits with little to no side effect. What do you think? Are you interested in getting this therapy? If the answer is yes, be sure that you get it from a professional therapist. By doing so you will get the most benefits while preventing the side effects.