What the Heck is Cupping?
Most people have heard about cupping – they see movie stars and athletes with those round hickey like marks on their back and arms (these are left behind after the process for 2 to 7 days).
Then, you have others who see these marks and say “what the heck is that,” and “what the heck is cupping?” If you are one of those who have been left out in the darkness, here’s an explanation of cupping …
How Does it Feel?
When the cups are placed on your skin, you may feel a strong suction – most people find this relaxing. When you’re having the procedure done, close your eyes and imagine the pathogens being sucked from your body.
How it Works
Cupping works by creating a vacuum in a jar or cup – heat is usually used in order to create the vacuum.
The cup is then applied to the skin where it pulls up the underlying tissue. The amount of suction all depends on the condition being treated – it can be mild or great.
The cups can be moved (after oil has been applied to the skin), or they can be left over a particular area.
For example, cupping can be placed and left over the lungs (for up to 10 minutes) in order to help ease breathing and decongest.
This form of therapy can also be used with acupuncture.
Different Types of Cupping
There are different forms of cupping, but the common ones include:
- Moving Cupping – This form of cupping is exactly what it sounds like. Before the cups are placed on the body, the therapist will apply a lubricant to the area. After the cups have been placed on the body, the cups will be moved up and down. This form of cupping is traditionally used on the back – this will help reduce the stagnation that is in the body.
- Fixed Cupping – This is when cupping is done on a specific region of the body (the cups may be left there for up to ten minutes). This is a strong treatment that creates a strong suction, so it isn’t recommended for those that have a weak constitution as it drains stagnation from the body.
- Flash Cupping – This form of cupping is known for its speed. The therapist will place many cups all at once – the cups will be left on the body for a short amount of time (normally under one minute) before they are removed, then reapplied. This technique will take place for a couple of minutes and is great for stimulating the Qi along with the blood, but it isn’t enough to drain.
Cupping is used to treat many health issues, such as:
- Abdominal Pain
- Painful Periods
- Facial Paralysis from having a stroke
- Varicose Veins
- Treating Muscular and Joint Pain
- Other spiritual, physical or emotional imbalances
Now that you know what cupping is all about, you may want to go ahead and give it a try.
There are definitely many benefits nesting behind this form of natural therapy.