Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy used alone or in conjunction with acupuncture. Cups are applied to the skin along the energy pathways of the body. A vacuum is created by heating glass cups or using a mechanical pump creating suction as a way of stimulating the flow of energy and dispelling stagnation.
Cupping can be used for pain, inflammation, coughs, colds and asthma, overall relaxation and well-being and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
There are several types of cupping methods:
Retention method- where the cup is left in place from 5 to 15 minutes and can be for general illnesses.
Multiple cups- multiple cups are used and left in place and can be for pain along the larger muscle groups such as along the back.
Flash cupping- the cup is repeatedly applied and taken off and can be used in a local area when there is numbness or diminished function.
Moving cups- the applied cups are slowly moved back and forth over an area after massage oil or cream has been applied. This can be compared to a deep tissue massage and can relieve stress, pain or muscle aches.
WHAT SHOULD I DO PRIOR TO MY CUPPING SESSION?
Drink plenty of water, get adequate rest, eat a small meal.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY CUPPING SESSION?
The skin my become red or purple if there was an injury or disruption in the flow of energy. It is important to understand this is the desired effect. The discoloration is not painful and will go away in a few days to a week.
AFTER YOUR CUPPING SESSION
Everyone reacts to cupping a little bit differently and it may be necessary to give your body a chance to recuperate after the experience.
Keep the cupped area covered, warm, and free from any drafts following your treatment. Cupping opens the surface of the body, therefore temperature extremes (especially cold or wind) can trigger the muscles to go into spasm or tighten up.
Avoid activities such as hot tubs or cold showers. Warm showers or baths are acceptable.
Drink plenty of water, since toxins may have been released back into your system. Drinking plenty of fluids will help your body flush the toxins out.
Over-the-counter pain relief medication such as Tylenol or Advil in small doses are generally acceptable to manage any lasting discomfort. Side effects are most intense when you initially receive cupping treatments and lessen with successive treatments.
Avoid alcohol or recreational drugs for at least 48 hours following the session. Your body is continuing to detoxify your system.
Take it easy! Healing happens in the quiet moments we create; so avoid strenuous activity. Give yourself permission to take down time to recuperate.
If you are still experiencing physical discomfort after 3 days, please contact me.