Cupping therapy is an ancient art, one of the oldest forms of alternative medicine we know of, and an excellent way to find relief through massage.
Although cupping has been around for thousands of years, practiced by Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures for centuries, it has recently become far more popular in Western medicine and sports recovery.
So let’s take a look at what cupping actually involves, and how it can benefit you!
The Cupping Process
Cupping has been used by many cultures throughout history, with subtle differences in technique and style. Despite the reluctance of Western medicine to embrace some forms of ‘alternative’ treatment, cupping is now a vital part of many massage therapies.
Cupping involves a therapist putting special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. This causes blood to flow to particular parts of the body, assisting healing and improving circulation.
The negative pressure of cupping therapy helps to pull stagnation out of the soft tissues and brings it up to skin level where it can dissipate. This can provide benefits that the compression from manual massage can’t.
During the cupping process, the cup is placed directly on your body, and suction is formed with silicone vacuum pumps.
The Benefit of Cupping Therapy
People use cupping for a range of purposes, from helping with pain, inflammation and blood flow, to relaxation and improving well-being as a form of deep-tissue massage therapy.
Because cupping increases circulation in very targeted areas, it’s a great way to relieve muscle tension and form new connective tissues. This makes it an extremely useful treatment when it comes to athletic performance, and it’s the recovery therapy of choice for Olympians Michael Phelps and Alex Naddour! But regardless of its popularity among elite athletes, cupping therapy goes far beyond soothing post-workout soreness.
Studies have shown that the healing power of cupping can help with a wide variety of conditions, including:
- Facial paralysis
- Lumbar disc herniation
- Cervical spondylosis
- Back pain
- Varicose veins
That’s an extensive list of study-backed benefits for one massage therapy!
Does Cupping Hurt?
While the bruises and swelling that appear post-cupping session, the actual treatment is practically painless, and some people actually find the process quite relaxing. Having your skin pulled tight may feel like a bit of an odd sensation at first, but you’ll quickly become accustomed! Bruises usually last for a few days up to two weeks following your cupping session, but the benefits your body will feel are well worth the temporary marks!
Healing Kneads Massage
At Healing Kneads, we have been performing cupping therapy for a very long time now, and are well-versed in this ancient tradition. Our therapists use specially designed cups to make the experience as comfortable as possible for our clients. Get in touch with us to find out more about this beneficial treatment!
If you haven’t met our incredible new therapist, Thomas Allman. He has a passion for health and healing and has a wonderful massage style that combines Eastern and Western modalities, thanks to his experience as a certified yoga teacher.
Thomas is committed to making every client experience fantastic, going the extra mile to make our clients feel comfortable during every therapy session. As he puts it: ‘massage isn’t something I do to someone, it is something I do with someone.’
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Healing Kneads – we’ll be delighted to help you!
We look forward to seeing you soon!