Explore the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cupping is a wonderful technique that can improve your health and provide numerous benefits that has been used for thousands of years.
Cupping is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique is said to influence the flow of both Qi and Blood throughout the body and or meridians. Cupping is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique that is utilized by many TCM practitioners often practiced by Acupuncturists. Cupping may be incorporated with acupuncture into one treatment, and it can also be used alone. Some massage therapists are trained in cupping and use this technique to help alleviate particularly stubborn aches and pains.
One view is to think about cupping as the inverse of massage. Rather than applying pressure to muscles, the suction uses pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscles upward. The sensation is similar to suction. The action is not painful but the sensation is more like a tightening of the skin.
Cupping involves placing glass, bamboo or plastic jars onto the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, slightly into the cup. The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation and draw out toxins (that creates congestion) which enhances circulation.
A tight sensation in the area of the cup is felt and often this is relaxing and soothing. The practitioner will make an assessment of the problem and depending on your level of comfort the cups may be moved around or left in place. They may remain on your body briefly or for longer amounts of time. Each treatment is unique and specific to you and may vary from day to day. One very common area to be cupped is the back, although cups work well on other areas.
Cupping causes the skin to temporarily turn red, blue or purple, especially if there is an injury or energetic blockage under the area that was cupped. The skin discoloration can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, but is rarely painful. Once the marks have cleared, the procedure can be repeated until the condition or ailment is resolved.
There are two most common methods of cupping. These are:
Fixed Cupping:The cups are placed on a selected area of your body and then left in place without being moved.
This method allows the practitioner to apply massage oil or cream to the skin in selected places. The cups are placed over the treated areas and then they slide that region of the body — most commonly the back.
Relief can be experienced from anxiety, stress, pain, allergies, fatigue, flu, colds, muscle aches, back pain, conditions or fever.
Athletes use cupping to naturally improve health and performance.The swimmer Wang Qun, used cupping to help her performance at the 2008 Olympics. Andy Murray uses cupping in conjunction with other treatments to relieve stiffness and to help address a back injury. The Mets baseball player Daisuke Matsuzaka said "As an athlete, I want to play as long as possible, in order to do that, I need to find ways to protect my body. I'm always looking for something that might be better."
Cupping provides relief for many health conditions.
Cupping assists by removing toxins from the body stimulating the flow of fresh blood, lymph, and energy (Qi) to the affected area and throughout the body influencing circulation and the immune system. Cupping is often recommended for people suffering from upper respiratory tract infections such as the flu, colds, Bronchitis, coughs, back and muscle pain, poor circulation, anxiety, allergies, fevers, aches and myriad other pains.
Did you know that Cupping is not exclusive to Traditional Chinese Medicine? Variations of this treatment were used by the ancient Egyptians, North American Indians, early Greeks, and in European countries other Asian countries. Cupping therapy was recommended by Hippocrates, whom many consider to be the "Father of Modern Medicine".
Note: Some people do not enjoy remedial massage or do not experience benefits from massage therapy. Cupping may be your solution!
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