What is Cupping?

At Holistic Balance Massage, we strongly believe in natural therapy. Our body has incredible self healing function but long time negligence can kill that sense slowly. Cupping is one of the most common techniques we use on daily base to help clients with stiff muscles and pain relief.  Here’s some basic knowledge about cupping.

Micheal Phelps’s cupping marks draw many audiences’ attention during the Olympic game. Cupping is also favored by many other athletes and celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Gwenyth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham to name a few. But really cupping isn’t something for Olympian or celebrities only.

 

Cupping is something we do for patients on a daily basis. Often can get breakthrough results for some clients who suffers from stiff or sore muscles, some even have been massaged on regular term but no real beneficial. Because massage alone is difficult to remove the toxin inside body, while negative pressure from cupping can break down the stiffness quicker than compressing alone, toxin is big bonus on top of that.

 

Cupping is not unique to Chinese Medicine

Many practitioners think cupping is one of the most popular techniques in the Chinese Medicine toolbox. But cupping is found in the Middle East, eastern Europe, Africa, and throughout Asia. The earliest pictorial records date back to the ancient Egyptians around 1500 B.C; translations of hieroglyphics detail the use of cupping for treating fever, pain, vertigo, menstrual imbalances, weakened appetite and helping to accelerate the healing crisis.

Cupping has been studied

Cupping may fall into the category of folk medicine, but that doesn’t qualify it as some woo-woo fringe crazy sauce vintage therapy. There are plenty of research studies such as this, this, and this where it has been specifically looked at for pain intervention. Clinical experience technically falls into the category of “Evidence Based Medicine”; and It’s our not-so-secret-clinical-experience-weapon for migraines, shoulder pain, neck pain, lower back pain, tennis elbow, golf elbow, IT band syndrome.

 

Because cupping works so well, everyone wants in on the action. You’ll sometimes see massage therapists, physical therapists, and chiropractors offer something called “myofascial decompression (MFD)”. Let me be clear: it’s cupping. There are a million different techniques: fire cupping, vacuum cupping, wet cupping, dry cupping, massage cupping, bamboo cupping, horn cupping, and magnetic cupping to name a few. We now have machine cupping which works fast magically to suit tight time frame. Rule of thumb; if you can drink from it, you can use it to cup.

THOSE AREN’T BRUISES YOU’RE SEEING

Bruising is caused by impact trauma leading to breakage of capillaries and a reactionary rush of fluids to the damaged location from the tissue injury. There is no compression in cup therapy. The marks are the result of having internal unwanted toxins pulled up to the skin which can include such things as lactic acid, lymph fluid, stagnant blood, or medications. When a condition exists within a deeper muscle layer and is dredged up during treatment, discoloring will appear on the skin. If there’s no gunk, there are no marks. 

 

Try the different experience, book your next massage with cupping session at Holistic Balance Massage.

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