Cupping therapy, or massage cupping, is a holistic treatment that many athletes seek out for injury rehabilitation. Like most other forms of injury rehabilitation, cupping is all about increasing blood flow to an affected area and speeding recovery. This method uses small glass or plastic cups and suction to get the job done.
Benefits Of Massage Cupping
Loosen tight muscles and adhesions. This is the main reason athletes find themselves in a massage cupping session. Cupping therapy literally pulls adhesions apart and relaxes tight muscles.
- Increase blood flow. Skin is drawn into the cup during a session, and doing this causes blood to draw to that area. Once the cup is removed, blood flows more freely, bringing nourishment and speeding the repair of damaged tissue.
- Reduce inflammation. The increased blood flow and pulling of skin away from muscles and joints also helps reduce inflammation by allowing the fluids to drain rapidly.
- There are benefits beyond injury rehab. Arthritis, menopause/pmt and cellulite, stress/anxiety, are just a handful of other conditions on which cupping therapy is used.
What is a Cupping Session Like?
Cups are placed at specific areas of the body. Depending on the targeted area, either a single or several cups are placed on the body, at and around the point of pain. Some may be left stationary and some may be used for sliding along the skin treating fascia congestion and old injury sites.
- The cup is removed after several minutes. After about 20 minutes, the cups are removed, allowing blood to flow freely throughout the affected area.
- Welts may appear on your skin. Constant suction may create welts on your skin. However, there is no permanent damage, and the welts will go away in about a week (This is not bruising! There is no trauma to the tissue)
- What these marks under the skin are, post Cupping, is stagnation, dead cellular debris, pathogenic factors, and most importantly – Toxins being drawn out of the biosystem.
Overall people find the cups drawing effect quiet relaxing and sometimes fall into a deep state of relaxation.
- Clears stagnation
– Drains & moves fluids/lymph build up
- Relieves Inflammation
– Nervous System Sedation
- Expels Congestion
– Stretches Muscle & Connective Tissue
- Loosens Adhesions
& Trigger points
- Boosts circulation
- Nourishing Blood Supply to the Skin
- Respiratory issues
- Scar tissue and cellulite
- ITB Syndrome
- PMT management