If you’ve watched any part of the Olympics in Rio this year, then I’m sure you’ve noticed the strange circular marks on some of the athletes’ bodies. Cupping is all the rage right now, due to none other than Mr. Phelps. I have been cupping since November 2014. I honestly remember the date because I vividly remember going home on a Friday night and having the best sleep of my life…around 8 pm. Yes, 8 pm. Today I went to see my trusted acupuncturist and friend; I did a little bit of accupuncture and a-lot-a-bit of cupping. It’s one of my favorite things to do whenever I get a free chance and I am really stressed. Needless to say, stress is an understatement these past few days. I have been traveling, not sleeping in my bed, going to airports, waking up at 5:30 am, working until 10:30 pm, eating anything that’s available to get me through the day, etc. So when I finally got the chance to see my acupuncturist today, I jumped at the chance. You know when you already know you’re going to sleep great? Yea. What a feeling.
Quick note: I always breathe better after cupping. I take full BIG breaths and my lungs feel so OPEN. So I highly suggest cupping if you have asthma as well.
Anyways, before I started my session, my friend told me about all the inquiries she’d been getting in the past few weeks. All. For. Cupping. So I wanted to share some quick details about cupping and some of the INCREDIBLE benefits it has to offer. Just a quick tip, I do both ‘fixed cupping’ and ‘moving cupping.’ Today, I did fixed cupping for my upper back pain. Read below to learn more about this valuable practice.
“Cupping was developed thousands of years ago and though the techniques have modernized, the original philosophy remains the same.Generally, cupping is combined with acupuncture in one treatment, but it can also be used alone. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, and migraine. This treatment is also valuable for the lungs, and can clear congestion from a common cold or help to control a person’s asthma. In fact, respiratory conditions are one of the most common maladies that cupping is used to relieve. Three thousand years ago, in the earliest Chinese documentation of cupping, it was recommended for the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis.”