Cupping is an alternative massage therapy that has been around for centuries. In this alternative therapy method, the specialist places suction cups made of materials like bamboo, glass, ceramic or silicone on your skin for a few minutes. These cups create suction. People use cupping therapy for countless reasons. For example, managing pain, inflammation, regulating blood flow, promoting general wellness and deep tissue massage.
Cupping therapy is widely practiced throughout the world, but has its origins in ancient Chinese, Egyptian and Middle Eastern medicine. Cupping increases blood flow to the area where it is placed. They can be placed on your back, legs or other areas. Cupping helps relieve muscle tension and once your muscles are relaxed, your blood flow is better regulated. When your blood flow is healthy, it means your body is repairing itself and your cells are repairing themselves properly. This therapy also helps to form new connective tissue and create new blood vessels in the tissue.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CUPPING?
There are two types of cupping: wet and dry (cold or hot). Dry cupping uses only the suction method, while wet cupping uses both suction and medicinal bleeding. Which method is best for you depends on your condition, the severity of your condition and your personal needs. There is no standard method that works for everyone. Each individual and each pathology is unique. You and your practitioner will decide which option is best for you. It is important to choose a practitioner who is certified.
Suction is created primarily by heat for hot, or suction for cold. For hot, for example, hot suction cups are placed on the skin and when they cool, they pull the skin in. In the past, bottles were made from animal horns. Then people created ceramic bottles, then glass, then bamboo.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING THIS TREATMENT?
Before placing the bottles on your skin, some therapists use heat to create a vacuum, while others use a device that sucks air out of the bottle. Very quickly, your body gets used to the feel of the vials. The number of cups your therapist uses depends on the nature of your problem. If you have never tried this therapy before, it is best to start with a small number of vials. Then, your therapist will increase the number of cups they use. Again, this depends on the duration of the therapy and its purpose.
The vials stay on your skin for between 5 and 20 minutes, depending on your specific needs. Then, as your practitioner holds them back, you will feel a sensation of pressure release that soothes you. You will feel as if your body is lighter.
Although it is not necessary, practitioners sometimes apply oil to the skin to give the bottles a smoother motion. This method is used for many digestive problems. Mobile cupping is also used to treat digestion, inflammation and congestion. The cups are moved over your lymph nodes, allowing them to release toxins and cleanse your body.
WHAT IS CUPPING MASSAGE USED FOR?
This ancient technique has been used for a variety of conditions. From anxiety and stress to eczema, varicose veins to congestion and asthma. The benefits are countless. You may experience some discomfort during this treatment, which is why it starts with a smaller number of bottles, maintained for a shorter period of time. Your body adapts fairly quickly to the discomfort, and each time you return for another session, your body responds better. It is normal to have dark marks on your skin the first few times, but they also become less noticeable as you receive more treatments.
Cupping therapy can help with digestion-related problems. Stomach and colon problems can be treated with this therapy. Many people also use cupping to treat varicose veins, as well as their cellulite problems. If your skin has stretch marks from childbirth or weight gain, cupping can help you get rid of them.
A surprising benefit of cupping therapy is that it helps people who suffer from generalized anxiety disorders. When your therapist moves the cups over your skin, your parasympathetic nervous system feels the positive effects. This promotes deep relaxation throughout your body, leaving you relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated. This therapy calms your nerves, slows your heart rate and reduces your stress level.
The session can last anywhere from half an hour to an hour. At first, expect to have shorter sessions, but the duration should gradually increase with each treatment.
Cupping is an effective method of therapy. The aesthetics can be a little bad for the eye because dark circles are not always pleasant to look at. They disappear in a few days. Some are darker depending on the depth and duration of the treatment. But after the treatment, they are not painful. Your therapist can give you an antibiotic ointment if necessary. People treated with cupping experience pain relief. Although there have not been enough studies to demonstrate all of its benefits, many patients have reported feeling relief and relaxation during treatment.
CUPPING THERAPY AND ITS BENEFITS ON STRESS, ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
Cupping is the therapy of choice for many people, including some of Hollywood's most famous celebrities. Many people find it helpful and claim that it has helped them cope with high levels of stress and anxiety, and that they have noticed a decrease in their depression.
Depression and anxiety can affect anyone at any time. There is no gender or age difference between these two conditions. Anyone can suffer from them at some point in their lives. Sometimes these feelings last longer, sometimes they are heavier, sometimes they are a little easier to manage. Sometimes patients may need additional help. Cupping therapy and the relaxation it gives patients can help alleviate symptoms and provide relief. To get the best results from cupping, you need to find the underlying cause of the depression and anxiety. When combined with traditional medicine, cupping therapy can offer many benefits. It is not an alternative therapy to traditional medical treatments. It is not a replacement for medicine, nor does it claim to be better than medicine. It is very effective when applied as a complementary treatment to traditional medicine.
When you consult a certified cupping practitioner, he or she will explain which types of cupping methods are best for you. He or she will recommend a treatment using a combination of different types of cupping. In the first session, you will receive wet cupping on your back along the spine. In subsequent sessions, depending on the condition and its severity, a combination of massage and cupping may be used to help the body rid itself of toxins. Cupping therapy for depression consists of many sessions, and each time your therapist will perform it on the various stress points on your back and legs.
Cupping seems to be becoming more and more popular. With many celebrities talking about it openly and many athletes practicing it to relax their muscles and ligaments, more and more people are aware of its benefits.